The hybrid Emerg-E concept from 2012 showed Infiniti's appetite for more adventurous electrified models
Design boss Alfonsa Albaisa confirmed the electric model would not be a derivative of an existing model and would instead be an all-new vehicle, following in the footsteps of brands such as Volkswagen and Mercedes who are choosing to create electric-only models.
Albaisa was talking at the Quail, part of Monterey car week, where Infiniti was showing its Prototype 9 heritage-inspired race car, which uses an electric motor. Albaisa said that we would see “parts of the car in a difference context” on the electric concept at Detroit.
Albaisa also confirmed the electric car would be on a new platform, rather than sharing a platform with the Nissan Leaf, its parent company’s electric offering.
Earlier this year, Infiniti boss Roland Krueger told Autocar an electric model was coming and that 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."
Krueger 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.