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Ghosn Sees Buyers Plugging Into Battery Power

But Leaf lags as Volt charges ahead.

by on Apr.04, 2012

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident battery-car sales will take off this decade.

They may little more than an asterisk on the sales charts, right now, but battery cars will account for as much as 10% of the market by 2020 – or so predicts Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, one of the industry’s most unabashed promoters of zero-emissions technology.

A little more than year after the launch of the Japanese maker’s battery-electric Leaf, sales appear to be lagging behind plans, the Nissan BEV, or battery-electric vehicle, generating just 579 sales in March – or barely half what it hit at peak last year.  That number – along with the weak performance by other electric vehicles has left many wondering whether the technology just doesn’t turn on consumers.

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Not Ghosn.  He remains as committed as ever, as he made clear during a keynote speech at a conference in New York City sponsored by consulting firm IHS and the National Automobile Dealers Association.  “Am I still bullish on electric vehicles? Yes,” he proclaimed.

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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 TheDetroitBureau.com 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.

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First Look: Infiniti Emerg-E

Shows battery cars can be Sex-E.

by on Feb.27, 2012

The Infiniti Emerg-E uses a mid-mounted range-extending drivetrain.

Who says battery cars have to be dull to downright boring? True, the Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi i likely won’t win design awards but the new Infiniti Emerg-E suggests that battery cars can be downright Sex-E.

The Infiniti concept is the latest in a string of concepts and production cars coming to the Geneva Motor Show next month that have already leaked out.

The luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. has been hinting for some time that it plans to follow its bigger sibling and enter the electric vehicle market.  Exactly what role the Emerg-E will actually have in the Infiniti line-up remains to be seen but it’s certainly going to draw some attention with looks that are more than a little reminiscent of the new McLaren MP4-12C.

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But instead of a 600-horsepower small-block V-8, the Infiniti Emerg-E features a range-extended electric drivetrain.  Details are set to follow but if you look closely at the images here you’ll notice the mid-mounted gasoline engine side of that powertrain is clearly visible beneath the show car’s all-glass roof.

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Infiniti Developing Plug-In Hybrid

Will follow launch of Luxury Brand’s First EV.

by on Nov.28, 2011

Infiniti offers a hint of the plug-in hybrid it is developing.

Having confirmed plans to add its first battery-electric vehicle for 2014, Infiniti has now revealed its goal of launching a new plug-in hybrid, as well.

The luxury brands second battery car, which it describes as a “range-extending electric sports car,” will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

It will enter a rapidly expanding segment for battery-based luxury vehicles.  General Motors’ Cadillac division is preparing a high-line version of the Chevrolet Volt, to be dubbed the Cadillac ELR, while BMW is readying both the plug-in i8 and battery-electric i3 models for a new sub-brand focusing exclusively on green powertrain technology.

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The two teaser shots released by Infiniti – the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. – suggest the plug-in will be inspired by the 2-seat Nissan ESFLOW concept vehicle.  While Infiniti isn’t offering any specifics the ESFLOW was a pure battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, with a stated range of 150 miles and sports car performance that Nissan estimated would yield 0 to 60 times in less than 5 seconds.

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Infiniti EV To Launch as 2015 Model

Luxury version of Nissan Leaf will deliver longer range, better performance.

by on Nov.16, 2011

So far, Infiniti is only giving a hint of what's to come when it launches its first battery-electric vehicle during the 2015 model-year.

Japanese luxury maker Infiniti will charge into the market with its first battery-electric vehicle sometime in 2014, revealed the maker’s senior American executive.

To be sold as a 2015 model, the as yet-unnamed battery car will be based on the Nissan Leaf but will deliver both better performance and longer range, Executive Vice President Andy Palmer told TheDetroitBureau.com during a conversation at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

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The Infiniti electric vehicle will adopt a sedan, rather than hatchback body style, which became “the key challenge” in developing the new model, said Palmer, but he stressed that the production version “is not going to make any excuses,” and will deliver a much more refined appearance and feel when compared to the mainstream Leaf.

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