image003Mississauga, Ontario – Infiniti has released a sketch of its first luxury electric vehicle (EV), a five-seat model which will launch in Canada and other global markets in 2013, along with an announcement of an upcoming Infiniti M Hybrid.

“This future EV will play a major part of Infiniti’s ‘eco performance’ strategy that will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology,” said Wendy Durward, director of Infiniti Canada. “We are committed to applying the world’s best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement, a pledge that will become more evident soon with the upcoming introduction of our new Infiniti M Hybrid.”

The 2012 Infiniti M35h will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Based on the M sedan, it will use a 3.5-litre V6 supported by a 50 kW electric motor, and will be capable of driving on electric power alone at speeds of up to 80 km/h. It will use a lithium-ion battery pack that allows the use of a spacious passenger cabin and ample trunk capacity. It will go on sale in Canada in the spring of 2011.

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