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Infiniti Details Its First Electric Vehicle

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On: Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Infiniti Details Its First Electric Vehicle

The Nissan Leaf is due to arrive in showrooms beginning later this year. With this launch on the horizon, Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, provided some details of its first electric vehicle, which will be introduced in 2013. If you like the 100-mile, no-emissions specs of the Leaf, but want a sportier exterior or more plush interior, it will be only a few years. 

As would be expected, the Infiniti EV will be based on the Nissan Leaf platform, bringing a premium trim to Nissan's growing EV family. With launch over two years away, details are scant, but Infiniti described the car as "a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology." Of course, we probably could have written that description without any input from Infiniti whatsoever, so we'll have to wait until development is further underway for any meaty details.

As to what the car will look like, Infiniti released the blurred-out sketch above on its Facebook page last Friday, giving the world a very vague idea. The car clearly departs from the frumpy front-end of the Leaf, boosting visuals with a more styled nose and slit headlights. The cabin is significantly more slung-back than the Leaf, and the Infiniti is markedly more sporty and stylish than its Nissan predecessor. Of course, that's just a sketch, so we'll have to wait a while to see how dramatic the departure is in the final iteration.

In a statement, Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore said of the EV strategy underpinning Infiniti's efforts: "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. We are committed to applying the world's best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement.”

The newly-rendered Infiniti EV will be just one component of a larger green blitz by Nissan. According to Auto News, the Japanese automaker will spend $5 billion on investing into green technologies this year alone.The 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid will launch at the Paris Motor Show this week. That model, which Nissan calls a "high performance V6 sports sedan with a hybrid half that makes motoring with zero tailpipe emissions more pleasurable than ever," pairs a 302-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 50 kW motor. Infiniti's numbers indicate a combined fuel economy of over 32 mpg. The M35h will hit the U.S. and European markets next spring.





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