Infiniti Releases Sketch of Future Luxury Electric Vehicle
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Infiniti today released a sketch of its first luxury electric vehicle, which is set to launch in the United States and other global markets in 2013. Befitting the brandâ€™s promise of â€œInspired Performance,â€ the Infiniti EV will be a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.
â€œThis future EV will play a major part of Infinitiâ€™s â€˜eco performanceâ€™ strategy that will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology,â€ said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore. â€œWe are committed to applying the worldâ€™s best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement â€“ a pledge that will become more evident soon with the upcoming introduction of our new Infiniti M Hybrid.â€
The 2012 Infiniti M35h, which features Infinitiâ€™s Direct Response Hybrid technology, makes its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The M Hybrid is based on the popular Infiniti M sedan and promises V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy from a 302-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6 supported by a 50 kW (67 horsepower est.) electric motor. Dubbed â€œthe driverâ€™s hybrid,â€ the M35h will be able to be driven on electric power alone at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The compact Lithium-ion battery pack design also allows use of a spacious passenger cabin and ample trunk capacity.
â€œThe new Infiniti M Hybrid changes the rules, achieving excellent fuel economy while delivering the exhilarating driving performance expected of a luxury sports sedan,â€ added Poore.
The Infiniti M35h will be available at Infiniti retailers in the United States in spring 2011.