The Infiniti LE, with LE standing for ‘Luxury first Electric second’, was unveiled as a pure electric concept car at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012. It is based on the Nissan Leaf, albeit featuring a more powerful electric motor rated at 100 kW (134 hp) and 325 Nm of torque. Also, unlike the Nissan Leaf, the Infiniti LE concept is a sedan.
The production version was expected in 2014, but that didn’t happen which led to reports last year stating that the production plans have been dropped.
But that, according to the future product guide released by Automotive News, isn’t the case. It mentions that the on-again-off-again electric car is back in the company’s plans, at least for now.
The production guide states that Nissan executives recently told shareholders that the company is developing an electric-vehicle battery system that could provide a driving range of more than 300 miles (483 km) per charge. A 2018-19 time frame is likely for the arrival of that technology and that in turn, is a ‘likely bet’ for the EV, as per the report.
More information on the project can be expected once the second generation Nissan Leaf arrives next year.
[Source: Automotive News]