Electric Infiniti LE Concept

Infiniti LE Concept at Paris Motor Show 2012

Infiniti LE Concept at Paris Motor Show 2012

The electric Infiniti LE Concept will make its European debut at the Paris Motor Show on 27 September.

The compact four-door saloon is due to be on sale in selected markets in around two years’ time – possibly along with a wireless recharging system.

Its lithium-ion batteries are packaged under the floor, providing more space and contributing to the vehicle’s low centre of gravity, enhancing handling.

A high performance electric motor has 100kW (134PS), along with 325Nm (240lb ft) of torque. The LE Concept’s range is expected to be around 160km.

The battery system is a proven laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) design with a ChaDeMo DC50kW quick charger that can deliver an 80% charge in 30 minutes. Other charging options being looked at include an innovative home-based Wireless Charging System. This uses a coil safely encased in the charging pad to charge the battery via inductive energy flow. The Intelligent Park Assist feature will automatically align the vehicle over the charging pad for optimum charging and the driver can walk away, with no cables to connect. The high-frequency, non-contact charging, controlled by the car’s display or by smartphone, is safe for children and pets and can be installed easily in a home garage.

Infiniti Emerg-e concept

The Paris show will be the first public appearance of the Emerg-e concept since being nominated as one of the winners in the concept category of the Automotive Brand Contest, an important international design competition organised by the German Design Council.

The award reinforces the acclaim which followed the car’s premiere at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in the year and the dynamic debut of a fully-functioning prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Infiniti Emerg-e is a 402bhp (300kW) mid-engine, twin motor, electric powered sports car which is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just four seconds.

Infiniti M35 Hybrid

Alongside the Emerg-e concept on the stand the M35h is being shown in Paris in its latest cleaner guise with CO 2 emissions of 159g/km – while still able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

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