Infiniti LE ConceptApril 11, 2012 By Green Car Guide
A production version of the all-electric Infiniti LE Concept luxury saloon is expected to reach showrooms in similar form within the next two years.
The LE Concept is about the same overall length as an Infiniti G Saloon, and it has a drag coefficient of just 0.25, thanks to features such as the ‘aero’ aluminium alloy wheels, the high rear of the car, rear aero diffuser and aero side fin spoilers.
The EV platform maximises interior space, as well as creating a low centre of gravity, by placing the batteries under the passenger compartment floor.
The LE Concept has a 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery with a ChaDeMo DC50kW quick charger. Torque of 240 lb-ft is instantly available immediately at all times.
The car’s connectivity to the outside world includes the next generation of Infiniti Connection features, such as Infiniti Personal Assistant 24-hour concierge service, navigation, and POI search. The system will be capable of reserving public charging stations.
The LE Concept is equipped to utilise an integrated charging port, a DC Fast Charge option and an advanced Wireless Charging System – allowing owners to recharge by simply parking over a charging pad, with no need to connect cables. The system’s non-contact charging is via inductive energy flow and can be installed easily in a home garage.
The Concept features an Intelligent Park Assist with Around View Monitor to easily align the vehicle in the proper position over the wireless charging coil. The system uses e-steering, with full forward and backward capability, along with a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.
The Infiniti LE Concept made its world debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.