• fb_100000005296979 avatar John Posted: 4/9/2012 10:17am PDT

    A weak effort when compared to its supposed competition - the Tesla Model S.

  • James Davis avatar James Davis Posted: 4/9/2012 9:34am PDT

    Not bad a all. Nice to see no more plug-ins. What label is your rag going to pin on this car since it doesn't have a plug-in or a gas motor? You can put those magnetic slates in every parking space and not worry about anyone backing into them and tearing them down. Much better idea above those charging stations that look like gas pumps and cost a fortune to install. Nice going Nissan!

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 4/9/2012 10:17am PDT

    "rag"?

    as an online publication only, I have yet to figure out how to use it as a rag.

    You need to select a more appropriate pejorative.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 4/9/2012 9:40am PDT

    Great video and rundown of the Infiniti LE.

  • CDspeed avatar CDspeed Posted: 4/9/2012 10:13am PDT

    @ John Voelcker, do you think that the inductive charging pad will be durable enough to survive being run over by the car? I ask this question because my garage doors are on the side of my house which requires me to turn into my garage, I was wondering if I clipped it or completely ran over the pad, would I damage it.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 4/9/2012 10:44am PDT

    It's a good question, but I suspect what I saw was more of a show mockup than a functioning prototype. They're clearly aware that being driven over is just ONE of the things that could happen to the product if it's meant to live on the garage floor.

    I do wonder about installation, though--do you have to trench the concrete for high-V wires? At least hanging a conventional 240-Volt Level 2 station on a wall is relatively simple, but we'll have to see what this requires.

  • CDspeed avatar CDspeed Posted: 4/9/2012 1:19pm PDT

    Thank you for the reply John. I think this may be a case of what works best in individual garages, in my case a wall mounted charger would be best. I guess I'll just have to wait and see everything in its final production form.

  • Tom2012 avatar Tom2012 Posted: 4/9/2012 10:36am PDT

    The auto positioning is a neat concept. They should make it so you can pull or back to your driveway then hit the auto-park function. Your car will then back into your garage for you. This feature might be a delight-er that would sell to people like my mom. I had to hang danger tennis balls in her garage. If she touched a ball she was 6 inches from hitting something. (Needed this even though she would pull in forward)

  • Tom2012 avatar Tom2012 Posted: 4/9/2012 10:51am PDT

    Actually without the auto parking feature able to initiate from outside the garage the inducting pad wouldn't be a convenient feature. You'd get tired of pulling in (even partway), stopping, initiating the auto park then waiting for it to position you. You'd just get out and plug it in. If you're outside the garage the auto-park would effectively replace the garage door button press.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 4/9/2012 12:12pm PDT

    Is it just me, or should the paddle be the thing that moves around to find the right spot under the car.

  • CDspeed avatar CDspeed Posted: 4/9/2012 1:40pm PDT

    Your right, they are making something simple into something complicated. The whole point of this was so you could simply pull over the charger and charge, but this ads autonomous parking to achieve optimal charging. I'm all for high tech gadgets but I can't stand over use of technology just to replace simple physical interaction, like just plugging the car in.

  • fb_503910800 avatar Pedro Posted: 4/9/2012 7:07pm PDT

    Shut up and take my money! How much is it expected to sell for?

  • fb_100001493104035 avatar Knows Posted: 4/10/2012 4:09pm PDT

    I heard it would sell for around $49,000

  • fb_100001493104035 avatar Knows Posted: 4/10/2012 4:12pm PDT

    Pardon me, maybe closer to $45k, http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1075142_infiniti-le-electric-luxury-sedan-teslas-worst-nightmare

  • Mark Stang avatar Mark Stang Posted: 4/9/2012 8:40pm PDT

    Its range with a 24Kw/hr Li/ion battery pack will be 75-90 miles just like the Leaf, and it 100kilowatt Motor will be much weaker than the Tesla Model S motor at 300kW, which converts to 402 hp, and is capable of putting out 306 lb-ft of torque. In other words no real competition to the Tesla Model S. Does sustainable luxury mean comprimised Luxuxry? 100 mile max like the Leaf? I would only consider it if the price is significantly lower than the price for the Tesla model S. The inductive charging pad is a nice idea however and it would save you a step on having to plug in the car. Simply park the car in the garage and its charging. I wonder if the inductive charging pad will allow for simular charge times as plugging it in?

  • aatheus avatar aatheus Posted: 5/20/2013 5:19pm PDT

    Considering that the cheapest Tesla Model S that is available (60kWh) starts at $79k, this care IS significantly cheaper.

  • fb_688011425 avatar Al Posted: 5/10/2012 8:06pm PDT

    The Infinity LE, the first electric car that will come with "wireless" inductive charging and the car has automatic parking assist that will automatically park the car over the charging pad.

  • fb_688011425 avatar Al Posted: 5/10/2012 8:08pm PDT

    Nice

  • fb_100006166295946 avatar fb_100006166295946 Posted: 7/30/2014 11:49am PDT

    There might now be a feint glimpse of the obvious - a premium branded version of an advanced power train equipped car needs to perform better than its mass market sibling.

    So, Infinity ought not merely to make a Leaf with extra gadgets and upscale cabin, but more batteries so it has a greater range. Otherwise, the luxury version will have a shorter range, being heavier and with more tyre drag (weight and width increased).

    Toyota has fallen into this trap with their HS hybrid, which is not as efficient as the Prius - so it makes little real world sense.

    The most important feature of full or partially electrically powered cars is range - every other consideration is secondary to this. The problem is that range costs real money.