Infiniti plans for an electrified future

Plans to adopt electrification in 2021, aims for half global sales by 2025

Published: January 27, 2018, 10:10 PM
Updated: April 30, 2018, 6:53 PM

Infiniti Q Inspiration cabin

As with many of today’s auto manufacturers, Infiniti is announced its electrification plans heading into the next decade, calling for the production and distribution of electrified powertrains starting in 2021, including a dedicated EV.

2018 Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti lineup for 2018 features the all-wheel drive Q50 Hybrid, using the 3.5-litre V-6 with an electric motor to boost horsepower to 360, second highest for the model. But that isn’t good enough for the company to realize its goal of more than half Infiniti sales worldwide by 2025.

The future products will draw their inspiration, and good dose of their design, from the recently-introduced Q Inspiration concept unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept

The powertrains will evolve from the current generation of vehicles, says Infiniti, when it offers a mix of pure electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids (what Infiniti names e-Power), which will uses small gasoline engines to charge high-output batteries, so the vehicles don’t have to be plugged in (they can just be refuelled, as conveniently as today’s conventional internal combustion-engine vehicles), but still get the fuel-economy benefits of an EV.

More information will undoubtedly be coming out over the next few months, as the 2018 auto show season plays out, and in coming years.