Nissan’s Infiniti division is preparing its first luxury electric vehicle for global launch in 2013. And get this: while committing themselves to green tech, Nissan say they aren’t neglecting the performance side of things. “This future EV will play a major part of Infiniti’s ‘eco performance’ strategy, (which) will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology,” says Infiniti vice-president Ben Poore. “We are committed to applying the world’s best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement.”
More immediately, the company’s 2012 Infiniti M35h with Direct Response Hybrid technology was due to make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Based on the Infiniti M sedan, it promises V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy. A 50 kW electric motor boosts the M35h’s 225 kW 3,5-litre V6. According to Nissan, it can be driven on electric power at up to 80 km/h. They call it “the driver’s hybrid”.