Infiniti Electric Car Teased in New Design Sketch; For Sale in 2013

Infiniti Electric Car Teased in New Design Sketch; For Sale in 2013
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Infiniti has just released a teaser design sketch of what it’s upcoming luxury electric car will look like. Believed to be based on the same platform as Nissan Leaf EV, the Infiniti model is set to hit dealers in North America in 2013.

Little info is available yet, but Infiniti promises the EV will deliver “Inspired Performance” and will be a, “stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.”

Previous rumors have suggested the Infiniti model could use a more powerful battery to deliver more Infiniti-like performance.

Infiniti will use the car to promote a greener image for the Japanese luxury brand, putting an increased focus on hybrid and electric vehicles. Infiniti will launch its first hybrid, the M35h, at the LA Auto Show in November.

Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

Infiniti Releases Sketch of Future Luxury Electric Vehicle

– Infiniti’s “Eco Performance” Strategy Also Includes Upcoming Infiniti M Hybrid Sedan –

Mississauga, ON (Sept. 24, 2010) – Infiniti today released a sketch of its first luxury electric vehicle, which is set to launch in Canada and other global markets in 2013.  Befitting the brand’s promise of “Inspired Performance,” the Infiniti EV will be a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.

“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,” said Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti Canada. “We are committed to applying the world’s best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement – a pledge that will become more evident soon with the upcoming introduction of our new Infiniti M Hybrid.”

The 2012 Infiniti M35h, which features Infiniti’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-litre V6 supported by a 50 kW (67 horsepower est.) electric motor.  Dubbed “the driver’s hybrid,” the M35h will be able to be driven on electric power alone at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour.  The compact Lithium-ion battery pack design also allows use of a spacious passenger cabin and ample trunk capacity.

“The new Infiniti M Hybrid changes the rules, achieving excellent fuel economy while delivering the exhilarating driving performance expected of a luxury sports sedan,” added Durward.

The Infiniti M35h will be available at Infiniti retailers in Canada in spring 2011.