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Infiniti to Reveal EV Concept in New York

Sportier, longer range than Nissan Leaf.

by on Mar.21, 2012

The Infiniti Emerg-E concept vehicle first seen at the Geneva Motor Show this month.

The Nissan Leaf is about to get a sportier sibling.  The Japanese maker’s luxury brand Infiniti will pull the wraps off its own battery-electric vehicle during the upcoming New York Auto Show.

While company officials are holding most of the details for that April introduction, they revealed to that the Infiniti battery car will share the same underpinnings as the Leaf it will be “more aggressive” in terms of both looks and performance.

“It was designed to be a luxury vehicle first and an electric vehicle second,” said Infiniti marketing manager Sam Chung.

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The new model – which Infiniti has yet to put a name to – will be Nissan Motor Co.’s second battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, underscoring the Japanese maker’s expansive electric propulsion program.  Along with its French alliance partner Renault, Nissan plans to have capacity in place to produce over 400,000 electric vehicles annually by mid-decade.  That includes a new facility operating alongside the current Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.