New design combines the driving characteristics of an EV with the range of a conventional gas engine.
A new gas-generated EV powertrain, unveiled by INFINITI, will serve as a design blueprint for many of the brand’s future models. INFINITI says it offers the instantaneous, silent acceleration of a high-performance electric car, with the range and practicality of a gas engine.
Two high-output electric motors – one on each axle – are powered by a battery pack located beneath the floor of the cabin. The battery pack is recharged constantly by a three-cylinder 1.5-liter gasoline generator.
“Our new gas-generated EV powertrain represents the next step into our electrified future, acting as a bridge to full electrification and setting the tone for our upcoming zero and ultra-low emission cars,” said Eric Rigaux, General Manager, Product Strategy & Planning for INFINITI Motor Company. “However they are powered, our cars will offer thrilling yet serene electric performance, and e-AWD systems which inspire driver confidence.”
INFINITI has announced that within the next two years, almost every future model will offer drivers a choice of gas-generated and pure EV powertrains.