Nissan is starting to ramp up their EV ambitions. Not only are they starting production of fleets of ZEVs in 2010, but their luxury Infiniti brand is making a major commitment to EVs.
Nissan announced earlier in the month that the Infiniti brand would be converting entirely to hybrids within the next decade. As a first step, the brand is launching their first hybrid model in 2010.
The first model undergoing the conversion is the M-series sedan. Unlike the Nissan Altima hybrid already on the market, the Infiniti hybrids won't be using Toyota technology. The line will reportedly be based on a combination series-parallel drivetrain that will enable the cars to be powered by electricity alone or electricity and gas at the same time.
At first, Infiniti will offer both hybrid and regular gas versions of its models, but the gas versions will be phased out within the ten year time frame.
via Left Lane News
written by David Yeend, March 27, 2009
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