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Infiniti LE Concept to debut in Paris

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Text: / Photos: Infiniti Press | posted September 04, 2012 13:55

Infiniti’s most expensive and exclusive car - the FX Vettel edition - will be displayed alongside Red Bull Racing F1 car.

Infiniti is set to showcase its quest for performance luxury motoring in the most sustainable way possible by introducing the Infiniti LE Concept, the brand's first 100% electric vehicle at the Paris Motor Show happening this September 27.

“The Infiniti LE Concept is a ‘production intent’ concept and most of what you see will become a reality,” said Bernard Loire, Vice President of Infiniti Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. “It is too early to confirm exactly when and where it will go on sale, but we are heartened by recent moves to encourage electric cars, such as France raising the purchase incentive from €5000 to €7000 per car. It is fitting that the LE Concept should make its European debut in Paris.”

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The LE Concept is fitted with a high performance electric motor with 134PS, along with 325Nm of torque. The target for the engineers was 'impressive EV acceleration without sacrificing the range', is expected to be around 160km. The battery system is a proven laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion design with a ChaDeMo DC50kW quick charger that can deliver an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Wireless charging

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.

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The LE Concept will line up alongside the award-winning 402bhp Emerg-e sports car concept and the M35h production hybrid in a powerful display of 'no compromise' performance motoring. Infiniti's very exclusive crossover, the FX Vettel Edition will also be displayed beside the Red Bull Racing F1 car.

Infinit has pledged that a production version of the LE Concept will be on sale in selected markets in around two year's time.