Infiniti Sports EV Concept to have Mid-Engine Layout and Range Extender

With the 2012 Geneva Motor Show just two months away, Infiniti continues to tease its range-extended electric  sports car.

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We’ve known about Infiniti’s sports EV for quite some time now; the automaker released the first sketch back in 2010. Now, Infiniti is giving us another teaser photo and video of its electric-powered sports car, which will combine a battery and a range-extending, internal combustion engine like the Chevy Volt. The following video features Francois Bancon, Infiniti’s Deputy Division General Manager of Product Planning and Strategy. He says the range extender will be a 1.2-liter engine, but doesn’t provide any power output information.

Bancon then explains that the powertrain will be mounted amidships, which “is the best, most rational way to distribute the weight and to deliver high level of handling and performance and thrill. We find this very interesting to explore and investigate.” We agree.

Our guess is the electric powertrain will be pulled from the Nissan Leaf, which uses an 80-kw electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Despite the range extender, the car will operate in pure electric mode. And just in case you weren’t a fan of Infiniti’s most recent concept cars (Etherea and JX), this EV is said to be a “change in vocabulary” in the automaker’s design language. Stay tuned for details closer to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Source: Infiniti

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