Nissan turns over a new LE-af


You could call the Infiniti LE Concept the first attempt by a mainstream manufacturer to cash in on the luxury electric vehicle market. Infiniti, Nissan’s upscale brand, recently showed an electric car concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show, which clearly was designed as a luxury car first, and an EV second. The LE is a five-passenger sedan, and is largely based on the bits that make up the Nissan LEAF. The LE is set to be the first mass-market luxury EV when it goes on sale in 2014. Says Infiniti’s Vice President of the Americas Ben Poore, “Most of what you see in the LE Concept will become a reality, including its zero emission powertrain, advanced telematics, cutting-edge design, advanced connected services and premium appointments.” That includes the 0.25 coefficient of drag and the integration of a wireless charging system that incorporates an inductive coil system that can be installed in the owner’s garage.

The LE’s interior integrates Infiniti’s current design language and includes LED lighting, a digital display, analog gauges and a new infotainment and telematics system with dual displays powered by an Intel Atom processor. In addition to Infiniti’s Connection features navigation, point-of-interest search, and Internet access.