Infiniti to Unveil Its First Electric Model in January 2018
Infiniti is set to debut its first electric model at the North American International Auto Show in January 2018.
Very little details have been revealed so far. According to Autocar, the new concept will be introduced as a new electric-only model on its platform, not one shared by the Nissan Leaf, according to senior VP for global design Alfonso Albaisa. He also alluded to its Prototype 9 electric retro racer concept, which was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance earlier this year, as being a technology influencer, with parts of the car planned for the new concept without specifying what.
No word was given on whether it will be a sedan, an SUV, or a pure performance car (image is of a previous concept).
Also, Infiniti plans to promote synergy with its parent company, Nissan, leveraging its experience to build and refine its electric drivetrain. According to Infiniti head Roland Krueger, "there are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize."
Infiniti's last attempt at an electric vehicle was the 2012 LE, which was based on the Leaf platform with a 100-mile driving range on a single charge on a 134 horsepower electric motor and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. This project was scrapped two times in 2013 and 2015 over doubts regarding its potential to sell and overarching sales goals that took priority.
Source: Autocar UK
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