Infiniti Confirms First Pure Electric Vehicle Will Launch In 2021

JAN 17 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

And all new models from 2021 on will offer some form of electrification too.

Infiniti Q Inspiration

It’s a step in the right direction, but unfortunately Infiniti is way behind the competition, so it’s likely this will be too little, too late.

Infiniti says:

Customers can expect beautifully designed vehicles like the Q Inspiration concept shown in Detroit, with a whole new level of electrified driving performance as an evolution of INFINITI’s current powertrains.

INFINITI will offer a mix of pure electric vehicles (EV) and e-POWER vehicles – demonstrating the full range of low-emission vehicle technology available to INFINITI as the premium brand of Nissan Motor Company.

The automaker is ready to toss some dates out too, stating:

New INFINITI models will offer electrified powertrains from 2021

INFINITI will launch its first pure electric vehicle in the same year

That puts Infiniti years behind most of its competition though, so this is a game of catch up now for the luxury Japanese automaker.

If you recall, Infiniti had promised its first electric car some six years ago. That car was on and off a half dozen times. More recently, Infiniti stated its first EV would arrive in 2019. Looks like 2019 is now 2021. What a shame.

Press blast below:

Infiniti Emerg-e Concept

INFINITI to go electric from 2021

New INFINITI models will offer electrified powertrains from 2021

INFINITI will launch its first pure electric vehicle in the same year

Electrified vehicles will comprise more than half of INFINITI global sales by 2025

DETROIT – INFINITI Motor Company will introduce new vehicles with electrified powertrains from 2021, said Nissan Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa at the Automotive News World Congress today.

Customers can expect beautifully designed vehicles like the Q Inspiration concept shown in Detroit, with a whole new level of electrified driving performance as an evolution of INFINITI’s current powertrains.

INFINITI will offer a mix of pure electric vehicles (EV) and e-POWER vehicles – demonstrating the full range of low-emission vehicle technology available to INFINITI as the premium brand of Nissan Motor Company.

INFINITI’s proprietary e-POWER technology features a small gasoline engine that charges a high-output battery, eliminating the need for an external charging source and providing the convenience of refueling with gasoline while offering the same driving experience as a pure EV.

As a result of this emphasis on low-emission technology, INFINITI expects more than half its global sales to be comprised of electric vehicles by 2025.

About INFINITI
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

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12 Comments on "Infiniti Confirms First Pure Electric Vehicle Will Launch In 2021"

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EVShopper

The biggest fail is not offering a plugin version. Range extenders are fine, but I don’t want to have to fuel up at a dirty gas station all the time.

Plugging in at home or at work or while shopping or watching a movie, is way more convenient.

John

Hey, another concept car that will be available in 3-5 years..

floydboy

Nissan, throw some liquid cooling into the larger battery slated for the Leaf, give it to these guys, with a larger motor, so they can get off their duffs and make a REAL electric car.

HVACman

Electrek recently reported that Nissan is throwing thermal management into the new 60 kWh Leaf battery. LG Chem is providing the cells.

https://electrek.co/2018/01/04/nissan-leaf-2019-specs-range-charging/

Bill Howland

I find it interesting that Nissan says the ’64 kwh battery’ version (most likely the same LG battery as the more-conservatively rated ’60 kwh’ BOLT ev), will charge at 11-22 kw compared to 6.6 kw for the current car. Assuming this is Germany, that would be either 16 or 32 ampere connections.

It will be interesting to see if something somewhat larger than 6.6 kw is offered in the states. Of course, electronics suppliers LG, Denso, etc will make anything they want.

Just depends how bad they want it.

Gasbag

I believe the biggest threat to BEV ascendency is the e-power serial hybrid without a plug but if the first entry isn’t until 2021 then they would be foolish to not increase the battery size somewhat and add a plug.

Eco

It looks ‘beautiful’ from the back, but not so from the front.

Loboc

Just. LOL.

Sedans are in sales decline. Making a new one in 2021 is a real non-starter.

Try competing with GM, Ford, BMW, MB, Audi, Tesla… electric and electrified CUVs.

William L.

This concept’s exterior is not that crazy looking, hopefully the design can reach to the production version. EV or no EV.

I do not get it, Infinity are supposed to be the luxury brand of Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi alliance. Why is the product not cutting edge technically and so far behind it’s other brands. Maybe thats why Infinity as a brand in Australia failed and doing poorly again upon re-introduction. Locally Lexus Toyota’s premium brand runs rings around Infinity. Infinity as a premium brand doesn’t have it together now or for the future – they have some serious work to do or the brand will fail – my personal prediction.

Brave Lil' Toaster

“If you recall, Infiniti had promised its first electric car some six years ago. That car was on and off a half dozen times.”

And yet, your response to them was anything but “ah, whatever, screw off”.

When I see a prototype at auto shows, I’ll start caring.

Brave Lil' Toaster

Maybe.