Adding a little pizazz to the electric car, Infiniti is showing off its Emerg-e plug-in concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., this weekend.
Infiniti Debuts Sporty Emerg-e Concept – Pebble Beach 2012
“It is always an honor to be included among the prestigious activities during the week of the Pebble Beach Concours and this year we’re bringing our most advanced concept ever,” said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. “Named ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti Emerg-e truly is one of the most technically interesting and artfully sculpted automobiles in the world today. It is a major achievement in both engineering and design.”
As the first mid-ship sports car the marque has ever produced, Infiniti Emerg-e takes the Infiniti design vocabulary in a fresh, intriguing and convincing new direction. Infiniti Emerg-e also blends supercar performance with the ability to function as a true electric vehicle. The 402-horsepower mid-engined, twin electric motor-powered Infiniti Emerg-e is capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 miles per hour in just 4.0 seconds – and from zero to 130 miles per hour in a single, seamless 30-second burst. Yet it also operates as a zero-emission urban transport over a 30-mile range.
Infiniti Emerg-e stretches Infiniti’s already accomplished expertise in the areas of electric vehicles and alternative propulsion systems. Along with its advanced Infiniti M Hybrid luxury sedan, Infiniti recently announced that a production luxury electric vehicle, based on the Infiniti LE Concept, will join the line in 2014. Infiniti LE Concept’s compact EV platform maximizes interior space by placing the lithium-ion batteries under the passenger compartment floor, helping provide a low vehicle center of gravity for enhanced handling and maximizing trunk room without compromising front or rear seat passenger legroom or comfort.
Beyond its advanced packaging, the real beauty of the interior is its “smart hospitality” – combining a luxurious Infiniti environment with next-generation instrumentation, driver interface and connectivity. In keeping with the Infiniti challenger mentality, the LE Concept also includes a built-in wireless charging system, which is expected to be the first home-based wireless charging system if adapted for the production version.