"Plug-In Hybrid" - Not A Dirty Words At Nissan/Infiniti Anymore
Once upon a time, the words "plug-in hybrid" were persona non grata at the Nissan-Renault Alliance.
The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Is Said To Be A Pre-Cursor For The First Plug-In Hybrid At Infiniti, Arriving in ~2018
However of late, those words seem to be coming up more and more.
In today's edition of moving the electrification goalposts, we have Infiniti's CEO Roland Krueger being interviews about the new Q30, prospects for Europe - and the electrification of his lineup. We'll focus on the plug-in bits...
Mr. Krueger on Nissan's plug-in pedigree, and if alternative powertrains will arrive at Infiniti:
"We already have hybrids and will continue to develop them. Nissan is also the worldwide leader in electric vehicles. Nissan has key know-how and the capability to further develop this technology, which we at Infiniti are also utilizing. Let’s call it the electrification of drivetrains, which will be a key competence that we get from Nissan."
Specific to having unique, all-electric models for the brand, the Infiniti CEO says that isn't in the cards for today, but PHEV tech might be:
"Performance and the range are very important in the premium segment, so we believe that for Infiniti a hybrid or plug-in hybrid is the right proposition at this time."
Where there is smoke, there is fire?