Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti will launch an upmarket electric car – based on the Leaf – in 2013.
Although it shares the same basic battery technology, the new Infiniti will have a completely different body and interior to the Nissan hatchback. Company sources call it “the first luxury EV” and promise it will also have much better performance than the Leaf.
Styling work on the model is at an early stage, according to Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s design supremo. However, this illustration does give a clue as to the basic styling theme, which has already been established.
The new EV model is part of a ‘CO2 strategy’ that will see the majority of Infiniti sales made up of either hybrids or pure electric vehicles by the end of the decade.
Although the company won’t be specific, it’s estimated that around 70 per cent Infinitis will be powered by hybrid transmissions, around 15-20 per cent will be pure electric vehicles and just 10-15 per cent powered by internal combustion engines.