Infiniti has unveiled the Emerg-E sports vehicle concept at the Geneva Motor Show. This coupe will have a pair of 201-hp Evo Electric motors that drive the rear wheels and direct power to a single-speed XTRAC transmission. There are four inverters that control the motors as well as the energy regeneration under braking.
This vehicle uses a lithium-ion battery that is charged by a 1.2-liter engine when its juice runs out. The battery can power the vehicle to a range of 30 miles without using gasoline, according to Infiniti. The company has acquired the services of Lotus in developing the range extender, which generates 35 kilowatts of power at a peak of 3,500 rpm.
Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura leads the development of the Emerg-E project, which was partly financed by the U.K. government's Technology Strategy Board. The goal of the Strategy Board is to accelerate the utilization of low-carbon automobiles onto the country's roads. The board gave the company a chance to work with many innovative OEMs and suppliers. This was how the company discovered that Lotus was developing a range extender and then decided to collaborate.
The Emerg-E comes in a lightweight, extruded-aluminum chassis matched with carbon-fiber body panels, contributing to a curb weight of 3,523 pounds. The vehicle was created with racing specialists Lola Composites in the U.K. According to Infiniti, it will study the use of the ultra-lightweight material in future automobiles.
The drag of the coupe was lowered to 0.34 Cd with the flowing bodywork. Infiniti added various subtle air intakes and extractors to correct the cooling problem in EV mode when downforce was taken care of. The Emerg-E is the company's third vehicle from its trilogy of concept rides, after the Etherea and the Essence.
The company disclosed that the three concepts exemplify three themes from which it designs vehicles. These themes are energetic force, dignified intelligence and seductive aura. The company never intended the Emerg-E to become a mid-engine vehicle. However, it enjoyed the challenge when it came to package constraints and the distribution of weight.