Earlier reports revealed that Infiniti was at the point of considering an electric car for the future. Prior to this, the company has in fact unveiled two concepts already--- the Infiniti LE in 2012 and the Emerg-e sports coupe in 2014.
With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, Infiniti has finally confirmed that it is now working on a high performance production EV. As a matter of fact, Nissan’s luxury division is planning to launch an electric powered sports car in 2020.
As reported by Autocar recently, the company would be using an entirely new platform aside from the one it already has. Even if that’s the case, Infiniti said that it would be using the battery technology that Nissan already uses.
From the way it sounds, the new sports car will probably be more like the Emerg-e concept than the four-door LE. The latter as we know has a similar platform with the Nissan Leaf. If you could recall, the Emerg-e is backed up by a 298kW (400hp) electric powertrain and rear wheel drive. Now since they are proposing a high performance EV, we can somehow expect it to bear more similarities with the gorgeous Emerg-e sports coupe.
In 2012, Infiniti transferred its headquarters to Hong Kong to be closer to its growing Chinese consumers. In 2014, China has surpassed the US in terms of market shares for plug-in EVs. For this same reason, the company has decided to produce an electric-powered sports vehicle real soon.
Even Infiniti’s CEO Roland Krueger was so convinced that when he thinks about electric cars, it is the Chinese market that first comes into his mind. And for that, they have come up with designs especially made for them. Be that as it may, Infiniti went over to England to help them develop the Emerg-e concept 5 years ago. The company visited Lotus as it is their objective to create an amazing carbon fibre hybrid concept coupe using Lotus’ technology.
At the same time, Infiniti also came up with a more practical EV based on the Nissan Leaf model. The LE concept came with a 24kWh lithium battery pack, 134hp electric motor with 240 pound feet of torque. Overall, we think it would be really great to see any of these vehicles on the road. Besides, the company has been discussing all this time about when they would add something like the LE or the Emerg-e into their lineup. Perhaps after the sports coupe, it would be more exciting if Infiniti would mass produce a 4-door EV just like the LE concept.