Brand boss Roland Krueger confirms a prototype is already running; it is likely built upon a standalone platform with a performance focus

Infiniti will launch an electric vehicle in the next three years, according to boss Roland Krueger.

He said he had already driven an early prototype, describing it as "very good".

Krueger added that it was important that an electric vehicle maintained Infiniti's values of performance and handling - a forte of its hybrid offerings, he said. "We want it to have a unique Infiniti driving experience."

While Krueger wouldn't divulge what it's first electric car would be, he admitted it would be a new platform suggesting it will be a standalone model rather than a derivative of an existing model.

He also referred to parent company Nissan's expertise in electric vehicles. "There are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilise."

Infiniti's last foray into full electrification was a concept revealed in 2012. Called LE (pictured above), it used a 134hp electric motor with 240 lb ft of torque and a 24kWH lithium-ion battery.

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