Infiniti releases first sketch with its electric car, confirms it for 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 25, 2010

As you may know already, Infiniti is planning to launch its first luxury all-electric vehicle in the United States and other global markets by 2013. Yesterday, during a ceremony held to mark the opening of the Infiniti Centre Piccadilly in London, the first sketch with this vehicle described as a “a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.”

Nissan is spending $5 billion through 2010 to become a leader in electric vehicle sales worldwide, and it appears that the upcoming vehicle will be based on the same platform as the Nissan Leaf. Infiniti is also planning to introduce its first hybrid sedan, the 2012 M35h at this year’s LA Auto Show in November.

The new car will deliver V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy. It comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 302 hp but also with a 50 kilowatt electric motor with estimated horsepower of 67. The Infiniti M35h will go on sale in spring 2011.

Looking for V8-class performance from an electric-gasoline hybrid? You should meet the Infiniti M35h. This electric-powered sedan boasts of a powerful gasoline engine, capable of delivering an estimated 302 horsepower rating.

This engine in particularly is a 4-cylinder, 3.5 liter v6 engine. Because it’s a hybrid, this powerful but highly economic engine is paired with an electric motor that has an estimated output of 50 kW, which translates to 67 horsepower.

The electric motor is powered by lithium-ion battery packs that do not consume a lot of space in the cabin, giving more room for the people that matter – the passengers.

The trunk also has enough space for cargo as well. Infiniti’s Vice President Ben Poore said that the M Hybrid, as the car is called, is but one of the vehicles that signify the company’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprints of its fleet.

Poore said that the M Hybrid is but a peek at the company’s strategy for maximizing the economic and practical performance of its future hybrids, which will combine fuel economy, eco-friendliness and functionality.

Infiniti M35h debuted at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Tests showed remarkable performance from its electric motor – the car can drive up to 50 mph using electric power alone.

Press Release

Infiniti Releases Sketch of Future Luxury Electric Vehicle

Infiniti today released a sketch of its first luxury electric vehicle, which is set to launch in the United States and other global markets in 2013. Befitting the brand's promise of "Inspired Performance," the Infiniti EV will be a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.

"This future EV will play a major part of Infiniti's 'eco performance' strategy that will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology," said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore. "We are committed to applying the world's best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement – a pledge that will become more evident soon with the upcoming introduction of our new Infiniti M Hybrid."

The 2012 Infiniti M35h, which features Infiniti's Direct Response Hybrid technology, makes its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The M Hybrid is based on the popular Infiniti M sedan and promises V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy from a 302-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6 supported by a 50 kW (67 horsepower est.) electric motor. Dubbed "the driver's hybrid," the M35h will be able to be driven on electric power alone at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The compact Lithium-ion battery pack design also allows use of a spacious passenger cabin and ample trunk capacity.

"The new Infiniti M Hybrid changes the rules, achieving excellent fuel economy while delivering the exhilarating driving performance expected of a luxury sports sedan," added Poore.

The Infiniti M35h will be available at Infiniti retailers in the United States in spring 2011.

About Infiniti

Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles, including the G Coupe, Sedan and Convertible, M sedan, EX and FX crossovers, and the QX full-size SUV. More information about Infiniti and its Total Ownership Experience® can be found at www.InfinitiUSA.com.

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