• Feb 27, 2012
Been wondering what the Infiniti Emerg-E is gonna look like when it takes center stage in Geneva next month? Wonder no more, as the first official photos of the mid-engined, range-extended electric supercar have hit the web.

The pics show a pretty and curvaceous design that holds its own against the likes of the Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C; more organic-looking than the sharper lines of cars like the Lexus LFA, Audi R8, and Lamborghini Gallardo.

Will the concept car's green drivetrain deliver performance on par with that kind of competition? We're eager to learn what kinds of numbers Infiniti comes forward with. Regardless, this thing's already a winner on looks alone. We can't wait to see it in person.


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      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great looking vehicle and will certainly draw attention to the advantages of EV's.
      q3a7vodk4
      • 2 Years Ago
      What the hell autoblog. These don't look like pictures to me, they look like drawings.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, at least ABG got around to posting this ;] I wonder if this butts heads with the Fisker karma, or is more along the lines of an upscale Volt. Could be interesting, but i thought that Nissan was dedicated to all electric, not PHEV.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Nissan has a very open-minded approach to EVs of all flavors. Don't forget, they currently have one of the highest energy density fuel cell stacks available. "Nissan to speed up development of hybrid vehicles Previous ArticleGeothermal plant: Small scale but stable power generation Next ArticleEntrepreneur develops additive to desalinate tsunami-hit farmland October 25, 2011 Nissan Motor Co. plans to invest 300 billion yen ($3.9 billion) over the next six years to shift into overdrive the development of eco-friendly vehicles, according to a midterm business plan unveiled on Oct. 24. In addition to electric vehicles, the automaker plans to speed up the development of hybrids, where it has lagged behind rival Toyota Motor Corp. and of fuel-cell vehicles. By expanding its selection of eco-friendly vehicles on all fronts, Nissan hopes to gear up for competition with rivals and tougher environmental regulations in different countries." "The spread of electric vehicles is hampered by a shortage of charging facilities, a challenge that will linger for some time. Plug-in hybrids are expected to serve as a gap-filler before electric vehicles begin to catch on. They can also be expected to sell to some extent in Japan and the United States, where hybrid vehicles are popular. These considerations led Nissan, intent on electric vehicles, to join the plug-in hybrid market on a full scale. By enlarging the sales of hybrids, the automaker plans to improve the overall fuel economy of its fleet by 35 percent from the fiscal 2005 level by fiscal 2016. Nissan will also step up the commercialization of fuel-cell vehicles, which Ghosn said will make up a second wave (of eco-friendly vehicles) following electric vehicles." http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/environment/AJ2011102515724 As for competing with the Fisker Karma - the Infiniti is certainly beautiful enough! Let's see what Nissan says at the show about production plans and potential pricing. IMHO, though, this is still very firmly in "concept car" territory, and will be a fantastic attraction for Nissan's stand to help bring awareness to Nissan's other fine products.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        ABG turns into a pumpkin for the weekends
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      And in other news Envia hits 400Wh/kg, up from the record holder Panasonic's 245Wh/kg: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/02/envia-20120227.html
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        well, it's not exactly a product quite yet.. quantum leaps basically never happen. I call it the law of smooth transitions. if ever Envia gets to a point of production it will be 300Wh/kg, cost way too much, have severe drawbacks and Panasonic will have 320Wh/kg laptop cells on the shelf.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Fizz, I don't have insight to make that recommendation with certainty. my above impression is based on prior experience, in principle they could be different. but I'm not holding my breath
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        People complain in other threads that they don't post this thing, when they post this thing, BAM people are complaining that they didn't post something else. ABG always good for a laugh.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fefifofum
          That's because ABG misses all sorts of good news, would often rather repost something from fox news or directly post some press release about something most don't care about.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fefifofum
          Nah, just given up on ABG. They used to do it so that you could send through tips, and a few days later you might have an article about it, or you might not, but that is fair enough. They killed that, so if something interesting comes up all you can do is post it somewhere or other, so that others that you know will be interested can check it out. Of course, that means that many of us have already discussed some of the items when they make an article here, and so the number of comments is reduced.
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Nice to see that announcement with steady financial backing from ARPA-E (who tested the batts and verified the capacity claims) and GM (who backed NiMH way back when) maybe we'll get something out of this in the years ahead. Another article says that existing Li batts in use deliver 100 to 150 Wh/kg so 400Wh/kg would be a big boost. Projected costs are below $200 kWh with additional progress to come (Volt is over $500 supposedly with the Leaf at $375 kWh I think). Something else listed was a big improvement in cycle life which would be a big plus for vehicles. Now, like the other battery technology reports we hear about, take it with a grain of salt and we just have to wait and see it get delivered (this is years out ~2015 or so).
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sasparilla Fizz
          Dave, how do you know what the nissan cells are at the cell level?
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sasparilla Fizz
          The Leaf has an energy density of around 100Wh/kg at the cell level, which compares to the 400Wh/kg of this or the 245Wh/kg of the Panasonic, both also at the cell level. At the pack level the Leaf comes out to around 80Wh/kg, but however you cut it this is about 4 times as energy dense and the Panasonic 2.5 times. So big improvements either in pack size or increased capacity are on their way, one way or another from present generation Leaf and Mitsubishi BEVs.
          Sasparilla Fizz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sasparilla Fizz
          The initial cost listed ($180 kWh) would take Volt pack costs to below $3000.00. Get batts down to these prices and capacities with durability and plug-ins will take a huge chunk of the auto market.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Infiniti is of course Nissan. and like the Leaf they will mess it up for sure. too heavy, too slow and way too expensive. good looking car though except I don't care for the grill, the kink and the rear air scoops are vulgar and stupid. they should aero the rims too and partially cover the back wheels. just own reason. for once. and the range extender should be tiny, very tiny. and an option. it should cramp the electric purity as little as possible. it should be less than 800kg, preferably a lot less and should be capable of 4C charge so it can recharge from chademo in near gas station times. makes all the difference. and since it's so easy to do with electric, give it sub 3 second acceleration. that also makes all the difference in sales appeal. repeatedly falling way short of what the amateurs from silicon valley did is not impressive. what should be done is so obvious. it follows obviously from knowing engineering. yet they will fail so grossly at it... it is a given in this world.
        Michael Walsh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Haven't felt the need to vote you down much before, DF. But that first sentence is just nonsense. Down you go!
          Michael Walsh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Walsh
          Having piloted my LEAF for 14,000 miles thus far, I am of the opinion that it is plenty svelte and plenty quick. As for price, while it is a little more than it might ideally be, most white collar wage earners can probably afford it without too much in the way of pain.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Walsh
          any particular issue of it you think I'm wrong on? you think the Leaf is fairly priced? or that 1700kg is appropriate? you think this emerg will be quicker than the tesla roadster? or well priced? or hadn't you thought that far
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        That's the VW XLI: 'Volkswagen XL1 is a diesel-electric hybrid fuel economy is only 0.9liters/100km and environmentally friendly. CO2 figure of just 24g/km. aerodynamic resistance is very low - just Cd 0.186. Volkswagen XL1 is powered by two engines. One is a 800cc injection turbo diesel engine with two cylinders, the second motor is 20kW. The concept car is a little tank 10 liters, which is good for the range of 550 km. In electric mode XL1 has a range of only 35 km. To save electricity production from a common outlet in hybrid XL1 uses a lithium-ion batteries. Battery storage is also recovering energy during braking, the car brakes. Order from 0 to 100 km, XL1 be 11.9 seconds, top speed is limited to 160 km / h. Weight 795 kg XL1 as carbon fiber and other advanced materials in the construction of this beautiful car.' http://carcoops.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-volkswagen-xl1-super-efficient.html Supposedly a limited production run has been authorised: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/01/27/volkswagen-xl1-limited-production/
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I'm well aware of the XL1 and I like a lot about it. if they did it right it could go 400km on a 24kWh pack. there would be no need for a combustion engine. so they're not going to make it or they'll handicap it by their incompetence. it's a given. and a car that small shouldn't weigh 800kg even if made from lead. 800kg with carbon fiber is pathetic.
        Pininfarina
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Idiot
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dan: Sure its a quantum leap. Its not clear though whether all the issues with it are overcome ready for production, and in any case going to full scale production takes time. For instance in 2009 Nissan were saying that they were close to having an NMC battery with twice the energy density of the manganese spinel they had currently. Well, in 2012 they are still using the LiMn batteries, but that does not mean that NMC is not coming. When it does there will be a quantum leap in energy density. Batteries may be going up in capacity by around 8% pa, but it happens in big chunks.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, your right Dan, those Envia guys should listen to you and close up shop, cause you know...
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks to be a beautiful car, I hope Nissan blows us away with the product. The production Leaf matched the show Leaf pretty closely except for minor details (side mirrors, color of interior etc.) - looking forward to seeing this one, can't imagine the price.
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Dan Leaf is a success. They've met their targets and can't supply enough for demand. When you use success of a gas car as the measure for a new tech like an EV that is like saying cell phones should have never been made because they took 6 hours to charge and 45 min of use as opposed to landlines that took no charging time. If it was 20 year ago you'd suggest not making cell phones. Today you charge it for 45 min and use it for 10 hours. I don't see you complaining about them. You can't solve today's problems with yesterday's thinking. lol. please, all your negativity is beyond belief. It's called Innovation. Read up on it.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'm not comparing it to gas cars. I understand the engineering of EVs and know what it should cost and what they can do. that Nissan was able to sell 20000 in 2011 is not a credit to them. it's an ugly massively overpriced car and that is sells anyway is because there are many willing to make the sacrifice to pay big to do the right thing. there are many ways to tell that it's not a good product, one is the cost of lithium batteries. indications are that LGchem automotive batteries are near 200$/kWh on the cell level. say 300 at the pack level and that's being generous. 24kWh, that's 7200$. add power electronics and a motor in an empty nissan versa and that's 17000 total. so what's with the 34000$ price tag.. the Volt is even worse. 16kWh pack instead of 24. for that difference you can pay for the crappy stock 4 banger they put in it. same total. yet they wanted 41. a success? hell no. it's an insult if you understand what's going on. it's a betrayal of mankind. it'll delay the transition by 10 years. if both the Volt and the Leaf were selling for 20k$, that would be a success. then it's almost forgivable they engineered them so poorly. too heavy, too slow, too poor aerodynamics. you will no doubt doubt my numbers but if you google around you'll find that nissan said the pack cost 9000$ and that was a couple of years ago. and please don't quote idiots who say they cost 750$/kWh although granted, with how Nissan is pricing the Leaf the battery actually does cost that much.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          I use similar numbers to yours but rather it's the way innovation is often viewed vs the status quo (the negative comparison)that I'm talking about.I see the same coin but as a success because it's a new product. It's the nature of innovation. Just put in the 5-7 yrs of R&D and marketing costs.That'll get you to the $34k. You never addressed my cell phone analogy. In 1982 a cell phone was $3995, 2 lbs, had only 1hr talk time, and stored 30 numbers. How long did it take to get to $50, approx 15 years! We're in the first phase of the modern EVs. It takes TIME. And this IS the transition. That's the irony of what you're saying.No new innovative product was perfect the first time out.It's about the mindframe and consumer behavior that's going to change or already is(slowly). If anything why don't you change your definition of success to the rate of how a prius sold? (1million in approx 10 yrs). When you've said $20k is a success that is exactly what I mean by using gas car production numbers and prices. You want it to be the same as a gas car. But it's an EV. Apples to oranges. The Prius still only has 2-3% auto market share(at best) but has the majority of hybrid sales.Nobody would say that it is a failure today and they cost more than a simple ICE-only car. Guess what? You want a $20k EV that's great! Simply because that's where all the OEMs want to go! If they can, they would! How much more obvious can it get? It's part of innovation.They'll get there in 6-8 years, just not today. Are you saying since it's not PERFECT so don't make it???It's too overpriced or the functions are inferior in SOME aspects so don't make cell phones? A/C for cars? Computers? Wristwatches? Digital Cameras? refrigerators? color TVs? Notice they're all things you've taken for granted but every one of them had to endure the negative backlash that you're putting up for EVs. It doesn't help innovators and entrepreneurs or the public. To put this into perspective you're barking at the $4k cell phone right now.
          Pininfarina
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          You talk a lot for an idiot.
      spacycake
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was just wondering if the driver of this car would be happy with the fact that it makes no noise while accelerating... Wouldn't it be a nice feature to add several sound programmes which imitate models like ferrari, porsche and so on? Today I'm a 911, tomorrow I drive a 458 spider? Like a ring tone. And when you turn serious again, you just enjoy the silence.
        sirvixisvexed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @spacycake
        Thaaaaaat's actually pretty funny.....like a ringtone.....:D I think lame things are funny, so I'd probably get a tone that was a person making engine noises and gear changes with their mouth (and not particularly skillful at it).
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very beautiful! Hope it makes it into production.
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