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Infiniti to electrify all model launches from 2021

Infiniti is to introduce its first pure electric vehicle from 2021 as it pushes ahead with plans to only launch vehicles with electrified powertrains from this date.

Infiniti's new form language looks ahead to an era of advanced electric powertrains

Infiniti’s new form language looks ahead to an era of advanced electric powertrains

The move was announced by Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa at this week’s Automotive News World Congress conference held alongside the Detroit Motor Show, where he said that a mix of pure electric vehicles (EV) and e-Power vehicles will be offered. E-Power uses a small petrol engine to charge a high-output battery, effectively serving as range extenders as with the BMW i3 and the former Vauxhall Ampera.

The electrified powertrains will be offered on all new models with the possible exception of a large SUV and will be the only powertrains available, with no traditional internal combustion engines – except those used in e-Power.

However, there will still be combustion engines in previously launched models, such as QX50, or QX80, or the QX60 in US and China.

The plans are expected to see electrified vehicles account for more than half of Infiniti global sales by 2025.

Detroit also saw the carmaker show its Q Inspiration Concept, which features variable compression petrol engine technology that will be used in the forthcoming QX50 SUV but also previews a new design language that could be used for future electric models.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.