Infiniti's new EV will be a standalone model featuring Nissan electric tech.
At the 2016 Paris Motor Show we spoke to Francois Bancon, Infiniti's vice president of product planning, about the automaker's desire to bring another performance model to the market. In that conversation "EV technology" was mentioned. Now Autocar is reporting that Roland Krueger, head honcho at Infiniti, has confirmed that the brand is indeed going to debut an electric performance model by 2020. Krueger told the English outlet that he has test driven a prototype, calling it "very good." And there's more good news where that came from.
The Infiniti performance EV will be a standalone model, not merely an all-electric version of one of its existing products. This gives us hope that one of the stunning hybrid Infiniti coupe concepts from years back, either the Essence or Emerg-E, could see life. The former was a stunning grand tourer with 592 bhp. It was designed as a one-off to celebrate the 20th birthday of Infiniti. The Emerg-E debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and was based on the Lotus Evora. It had a total power output of 402 hp and could do 0-60 mph in four seconds. Its total range in electric mode was 30 miles and with its gasoline range extender the Emerge-E could do around 300 miles. We're not saying either of these cars will be built.
What we are saying is that Infiniti isn't exactly working from a blank slate here. Roland Krueger did confirm that while the car would be a new model, Infiniti would lean on Nissan's EV expertise in development. "There are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize," he stated. Don't worry about this being a fancy Leaf, though. Krueger said the electric sports car will have "a unique Infiniti driving experience."