Infiniti Electric Car ready by 2014?
Infiniti Motors, the luxury division of Nissan, is stopping just short of an official announcement, but their plans to introduce an electric car using the LEAF platform by 2014 are becoming obvious. When Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October that Infiniti was developing "a compact, high-performance, four-seat luxury Infiniti with zero emissions," the details were sketchy. But the buzz is that the new electric car will have strong performance features consistent with Infiniti's standards.
A recent article in Top Gear magazine indicated that by 2014, Nissan will develop a new generation of electric battery that can handle a heavier carriage and deliver increased power. According to the article an Infiniti boss said "...big vehicles are too heavy for today's batteries, which is why our car will be compact. We're not doing [electric vehicles] EVs for a limited number of people. We want lots of buyers quickly, so we are making a family car." Attempts to validate the statements were rebuffed by Kyle Bazemore, the Infiniti spokesman, but he did confirm that LEAF technology would be incorporated in the new model.
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