Infiniti is planning to launch a performance-oriented electric vehicle by 2020, according to the UK’s Autocar magazine.
the brand first demonstrated its interest in performance EVs in 2012 when it pulled the wraps off of the Emerg-E concept. The Emerg-E is powered by a pair of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack delivering an output of 402 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph sprint is over with in 4 seconds, with 0-130 mph happening in around 30 seconds.
It’s not clear if Infiniti’s new EV will be a mid-engine sportscar like the Emerg E, or simply a performance-inspired sedan or coupe. Infiniti boss Roland Krueger confirmed to Autocar it will be an all-new standalone vehicle, however, so don’t expect an electric version of the Q70 or something of that ilk.
Krueger said Infiniti will tap parent company Nissan for some of its electric engineering competencies when developing its performance EV. The next-generation Nissan GT-R is rumored to be a hybrid, so it’s possible the two performance offerings might share certain components related to their electric drivetrains.