In 2010, Nissan introduced the term “E-Power” to the world with the first generation Leaf EV. Since then, the brand has also been applied to fully electric vehicles like the Ariya, as well as hybrid Note and Kicks in the global market. But recently, the company filed a similar mark that suggests a second version – or at least a variant – of the current E-Power system. Nissan calls it “I-Power”.
According to documents discovered by CarBuzz Through the US Patent and Trademark Office, Nissan has applied to use the term I-Power in its future products. Registered by the company on January 5, 2021, the mark specifically refers to an “electric drive unit for land vehicles”. Given the close association with the term E-Power and the use of the letter “I,” our best guess is that this is the upcoming propulsion system for future Infiniti hybrid and electric vehicles.
Infiniti has already pledged to become a “sustainable premium brand,” saying it will roll out several electric vehicles and a few gas-generated hybrids over the next few years. COO Ashwani Gupta said in an interview that the company will share Nissan’s EV platforms and the E-Power electric powertrain, but Infiniti’s setup will have a unique name and specific tuning. to luxury, giving more evidence to the use of the term I- Power. We also know that future Infiniti EVs will also adopt Nissan Ariya’s E-4orce all-wheel drive system.
For now, it’s unclear exactly which Infiniti models would use the proposed I-Power configuration (if that name is indeed confirmed). The debut of the QX60 monograph and QX Inspiration concepts of years past might suggest that a three-row production would be one of the first to adopt the new nameplate, but there is no confirmation. We’ll just have to wait and see.