17.1.2018Infiniti announces electric plans
Infiniti has announced that it will introduce new models with electrified powertrains from 2021, with pure-electric and e-Power technologies set to be used.
Considering Infiniti is Nissan's luxury arm - and the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is a giant in the electric vehicle market - it perhaps seems a late date for Infiniti to be introducing electrified models. However, the Japanese firm expects more than half of its global sales to be made up of electrified models just four years later - by 2025.
Pure-electric models will see Infiniti compete against the likes of Tesla and confirmed models from Jaguar, Audi, Porsche, and Volvo. Infiniti is set to use Nissan's e-Power set-up to, which is currently available in the Nissan Note in Japan.
Holding a niche all of its own, e-Power is a range-extended hybrid, with the driven wheels powered only by an electric motor. There is also a small engine fitted to act as an on-board generator, charging the car's battery. However, unlike most range-extended EVs, e-Power cannot be charged via a plug - not yet anyway. In cities like Tokyo with little off-street parking, this is seen by many as a benefit, but European markets are likely to want to see Infiniti e-Power models be plug-in too.