Infiniti, the luxury performance automotive brand from Japan, has taken the covers off a highly advanced, range-extending Infiniti electric sports car concept at the 2011 LA Auto Show (USA).
The new Infiniti electric sports car model is due to be shown at the forthcoming annual Geneva Auto Show (Switzerland) in March 2012.
Last year, Infiniti unveiled a sketch of their first luxury electric car at the opening of their Centre in Piccadilly, London, which took the form of a stylish, compact, high performance five-seat model due for launch in 2013.
Explaining the strategy behind the new Infiniti electric sports car concept, Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and Infiniti said: “At the Geneva show next year, we will present our vision for a totally new kind of inspired premium performance car. Infiniti already has hybrid and clean diesel models on sale. And with an all-electric sedan on the way, the natural next step was to push the boundaries where performance and the environment intersect.”
The Infiniti M35h saloon recently claimed the Guinness World Record® as the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid, sprinting from a standing start to 62mph in only 5.5 seconds. The car emits just 162g/km of CO2 and, and reaches 40.4mpg on the combined cycle. At the heart of the car lies the Infiniti Direct Hybrid system, a new-generation drivetrain whose one electric motor/two clutch layout delivers performance and efficiency without compromises, as well as innovative new hybrid electric power steering and regenerative braking. This is complemented by a dashboard display showing energy flows, in addition to an audible pedestrian warning system (VSP).
Infiniti’s line-up of diesel models includes the EX30d and FX30d high performance crossovers, and M30d V6 saloon.
Visit www.infiniti.com for further information on the Infiniti electric sports car concept.