Infiniti to show electric car at Paris
Infiniti will show a concept for an electrically-powered executive model at the Paris Motor Show – but there is little doubt that it will go into production.
"The Infiniti LE Concept is a 'production intent' concept and most of what you see will become a reality," said Bernard Loire, Vice President of Infiniti Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.
At around 4.7m long, the LE Concept is a similar size to the executive-sized Infiniti G Saloon. The drivetrain offers 132 BHP, along with 325Nm (240lb ft) of torque. Nissan says the battery system is a proven laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) design with quick charger that can deliver an 80% charge in 30 minutes. Essentially, it sounds like an uprated Nissan Leaf drivetrain put into an Infiniti body.
However, one new piece of technology being examined is wireless recharging. This uses inductive charging, just like a pan on an inductive hob. The driver simply parks the car over the pad and wireless contact is made automatically. The high-frequency, non-contact charging, controlled by the car's display or by smartphone, is safe for children and pets and can be installed in a home garage.
The LE is expected to go on sale in 2014.