As part of a major electrification programme, Infiniti is building a range of electric cars, some of which will be driven by gasoline. At first glance, this may seem completely unreasonable, but Infiniti’s logic and strategy are reasonable. The two power systems are built on a completely new platform. Infiniti said it was the way it decided to move into electrification, with one relying solely on electricity and the other being electric cars called gasoline-powered.
This gasoline-burning propulsion system is the best of both worlds, combining the benefits of internal combustion-powered cars, such as fast refueling with non-weather-resistant mileage, and the advantages of electric vehicles such as instant torque, almost silent operation and significant reduction in emissions. Although these propulsion systems are operatingly different, there is still a high degree of commonality between them. Both will be available in the shared vehicle architecture, which will support future Infiniti models, including an all-electric SUV with the brand’s QX Inspiration concept, and a luxury sedan with a gasoline-electric drivetrain.
Infiniti, a petrol-electric vehicle that never needs to plug in and charge it, is powered by a small petrol engine to drive or charge a modest battery pack. Infiniti’s new variable-voltage turbocharged engine has three cylinders and a displacement of 1.5 litres, providing a steady current. It will offer a hybrid, which means the engine will never directly power the wheels, it will only charge the battery or drive the motor, so it doesn’t need a particularly large battery, and according to Infiniti, all they need is a pack of about 3.5 to 5.1 kWh.
Like many pure electric vehicles, this gasoline-powered EV powertrain should accelerate quickly, with two electric motors providing an all-wheel drive for each axle, with an estimated system of 248 to 429 horsepower. Enough to accelerate the vehicle from 0 mph to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 4.5 seconds. Another benefit of the Inninedi gasoline electric vehicle powertrain is that emissions are lower and emissions should be significantly reduced, perhaps because the internal combustion engine can operate at its most efficient speed under any given load.