Infiniti to offer ‘gas-powered electric vehicles’ rangewide

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Words: Nile Bijoux
5 Nov 2019

In the next two years, all new Infiniti vehicles will feature an electric powertrain that will have an optional petrol-powered generator.

According to Motor1, the brand is calling it “gas-powered EVs”. It’s the same concept as hydrogen fuel cells but instead of a generator that only produces water, Infiniti will use a turbocharged 1.5-litre triple to generate power. These vehicles won’t require charging, only refuelling, which Infiniti says will remove range anxiety for potential buyers. So it’s like a conventional hybrid but instead of having the combustion engine do most of the work and the electric motors help out to reduce emissions, the electric side of the equation is the main act and the ICE is supporting.

Further muddying the waters is the admission that Infiniti’s system will always be running the petrol engine. Similar technology is found in vehicles like the Honda Insight or BMW i3 REx but they can run on electric power only with no combustion happening.

Infiniti will also offer fully electric vehicles based on the same platform. All “gas-powered EVs” will be all-wheel drive while the electric-only vehicles will mix it up between front- and all-wheel drive. The brand wants to launch five new vehicles over the next three years, the first of which being next year’s QX55, followed by a new QX60.

Unfortunately, we won’t see any of these as new vehicles in the near future as Infiniti is pulling out of the local market.

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