Infiniti Moves Ahead with EV Plans and Unveils New Concept in Shanghai

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The automaker divulged that the Qs Inspiration EV concept car will point deeply at what we can expect to roll off the production line.

Ever a sucker for a sexy silhouette, Infiniti has designed the Qs concept with a low, fastback roofline that will do just fine cutting through the air during late night jaunts around town. “As designers, we are constantly inspired by the technology of our engineers and the Japanese design influences which are part of our DNA,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for Global Design, Nissan Motor Company.

Infiniti also announced that their future line of EV models will be built in China, giving further clarity on what the brand is up to. Those in the know are whispering that the first electric model will debut in three years. And it will be based on this Qs Inspiration concept.

The underpinnings of the Qs will most likely be flexible so that Infiniti can move the architecture about for various other upcoming battery-powered models. Infiniti is looking to create a “pod people” scenario in which all of the models you know and love will eventually be replaced by vehicles that behave the same but have battery based powertrains.

“China has the most growth potential for electric vehicles globally, especially in the premium segment,” said Christian Meunier, chairman of Infiniti Motor Company. “The age of electrification presents us with an opportunity to renew our credentials as an innovative challenger brand, ready to move quickly and decisively in this growing and exciting area of the market.”

Seeing what Infiniti actually brings to showrooms in the coming years will be a very interesting time for Nissan fans. I, for one, am curious when the brand says every vehicle will be either a hybrid or an EV when it comes to something like err, I dunno, maybe a new GT-R? Hey hey hey don’t poo-poo a hybrid GT-R yet when you consider the fact the Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 are also all hybrids.

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