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Infiniti Short-Circuits EV Plans, Puts Emphasis on Performance

New muscle line-up coming as battery-car delayed til end of decade.

by on Jan.14, 2014

Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti president, said the maker pulled the plug on its LE electric vehicle, focusing instead on vehicles like the Q50 Eau Rouge concept.

Forget battery cars. Infiniti has pulled the plug on its LE electric vehicle, shifting focus to high-performance models like the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept it debuted at this week’s North American International Auto Show.

While the Eau Rouge is, for now, just a concept vehicle, it won’t be for long, promised Johan de Nysschen, president of the Nissan luxury brand. Not only is Infiniti looking to develop a production model, but others that will flesh out the brand’s already expanding line-up.

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“Can this car be put into production? I absolutely insist,” said the South African-born executive who took over the Infiniti brand in late 2012. “But,” he quickly cautioned, “We have a lot of work to do.” (more…)

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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Infiniti Gets Battery Car, Nissan May Add Three EVs

Land Glider concept shows alternate charging technology.

by on Oct.21, 2009

The 2011 Nissan Leaf is making its full public debut in Tokyo this week, where CEO Carlos Ghosn announced plans for a new Infiniti battery car.

The 2011 Nissan Leaf is making its public debut in Tokyo this week, where CEO Carlos Ghosn announced plans for an Infiniti battery car.

Nissan Motor Co. is going big for electric power, the automaker confirmed during its Tokyo Motor Show news conference today.

The automaker’s CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti, will add a compact four-door battery car to its line-up.  It will join a fast-expanding array of Nissan electric vehicles.

While Ghosn declined to provide details, he noted that the Infiniti model will comply with the brand’s motto of “inspired performance.”

Ghosn drove onto the stage, at Makuhari Messe, in a tandem two-seat battery car, dubbed the Land Glider.  But it appears unlikely the unusual, narrow-gauge model will be among the new zero-emission alternatives to reach production.

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Earlier this year, Ghosn revealed that the flagship Nissan brand will introduce its first battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, in 2011.  And a battery version of the NV200 commercial van is under development, as well, the Brazilian-born executive, who also serves as CEO of Nissan’s Alliance partner, Renault, revealed in Tokyo.

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