Rumor: Nissan working on a 370Z Hybrid, with plug-in EV mode

2010 will be an exciting “green” year for Nissan. The Japanese automaker plans on introducing its electric-vehicle at the end of next year along with a hybrid version of the Infiniti M. Nonetheless, Nissan has been very slow at the wheel on the “green highway” when compared to its domestic rivals, Toyota and Honda.

Besides the two programs mentioned above, we haven’t heard much on Nissan hybrid/electric-vehicle initiatives. Usually, it’s right about here we say “until-now” so – until now.

Japanese sources are saying that Nissan is planning on using the hybrid system from the Infiniti M hybrid in the 370Z sports car in 2011, giving us the first high-performance hybrid sports car on the market.

The 370Z hybrid is rumored to get a version of the VQ 3.7L V6 engine mated to an electric-motor that runs on lithium-ion batteries (being produced by a joint venture between Nissan and NEC). Sources say that the hybrid system will also feature a plug-in electric-vehicle mode for regular city driving.

Insiders say that Nissan is projecting an average fuel-economy of 35 mpg combined.

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– By: Kap Shah

Source: 370Z.com