Infiniti’s compact electric vehicle concept, the LE sedan, could be back on the production schedule if reports this week prove accurate.
Revealed in early 2012 as a premium cousin to the Nissan Leaf, the LE later found itself on the backburner when former Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen directed the company to focus on new volume-selling models.
Now, a new report with industry paper Automotive News suggests that Nissan vice president and interim Infiniti chief Andy Palmer has confirmed that the LE is again on track for production.
It’s been more than two years since the LE was revealed, however, and Automotive News reports that production is not expected to begin until late 2017 or early 2018.
Buyers can likely expect a new look and advanced new technology by then, again shared with the less premium Nissan Leaf hatch.
And, with Tesla leading the way with its quick Model S sedan, the new Infiniti would likely also take on a more performance-oriented bent than its Nissan cousin.
Palmer has previously hinted at a driving range of around 300 kilometres per charge for the next-generation Leaf, far outstripping the 160km range of the current model.
Speaking with press at this year’s Beijing Auto Show, Palmer said that a driving range in the neighbourhood of 300km would be a priority for any EV to successfully compete with hydrogen-fuelled models.
“The battery chemistry is all about range and energy density,” Mr Palmer said in Beijing.
“That’s where you see the technology moving very, very fast; this really is the game-changing technology.”