The announcement came from Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa at the Detroit motor show where the Japanese maker revealed its Q Inspiration concept, a car that previews the design basis for its next generation of vehicles.
Infiniti hasn’t revealed any specific details yet but it has confirmed it will utilise Nissan’s expertise in electric powertrains. Both the fully electric system used in the Leaf and the e-Power system used in the Japanese Note small car will be offered by Infiniti.
“Infiniti 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," the company said.
Nissan has already vowed to roll out its e-Power system to more models around the world. In simple terms the e-Power system uses a petrol engine to charge a small battery that in turn powers the electric motor that drives the wheels. Unlike a traditional hybrid the batteries are too small to retain significant charge so the petrol engine is always working. Nissan claims this allows the petrol engine to run at its optimal revs which means it runs up to 1.6 times more efficiently than a conventional internal combustion engine.