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Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept

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On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Teases Electric Leaf-Based Concept

We've recently seen Infiniti's take on a range-topping electric flagship, and now the company is preparing to show us a more entry level electric vehicle. Nissan's luxury arm released teasers of a Leaf-based EV last year, and reports indicate that it will show the concept at the New York Auto Show.

Given the costs of developing a market-ready EV and the modest sales that such vehicles are likely to draw in the near term, expect to see automakers leveraging EV technology for more than one model. We know that GM is doing it with the Volt-based Cadillac ELR, and it looks like Nissan has some interest in extending its Leaf platform upmarket.

Infiniti hasn't released too much information on the car, but it did tell The Detroit Bureau that the car is based on the Leaf's underpinnings with a more aggressive look and ride. The automaker is considering it a luxury vehicle first and electric vehicle second. According to the Bureau's report, the car isn't just a fanciful concept; it's a near-production preview of the actual model.

Though it has a more aggressive demeanor, it features the same motor as the Leaf. A larger battery adds performance while keeping range in line with the Leaf. The Infiniti also gets some electronics upgrades and refinements that are set to be added to the Leaf for the next model year. A bigger 6 kW hour charger will cut charging times in half over the Leaf's existing charger.

We'll see more of this one in less than two weeks’ time.


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