Infiniti LE Concept The Nissan Leaf’s Richer EV Brother

Luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti, a division of Nissan, has debuted its brand-new, all-electric concept at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Dubbed the LE Concept, for now, Infiniti’s reveal marks the first zero-emissions sedan from the automaker, even though we’ve seen the company tease several EV and hybrid concepts at various auto shows in the past.

The LE Concept will be modeled in the fashion of the current Infiniti G Sedan, but the company highlighted few technical details of the car in the public announcement, instead focusing on the design and feature aspects of the car (like running, blue interior LEDs); certainly interesting to some, but we’re much more interested in the hardware under the hood.

image via Infiniti

Propelled by a 100 kW synchronous electric motor, the car has a rated 134 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, not bad for a sedan model. Infiniti has stated the electric sedan will be equipped with a 192 cell, 24 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be charged using a standard charging port, a DC quick-charger, and even a wireless charging system, which could be used in conjunction with Evantran technology as the charging company has partnered to bring the technology to the Infiniti’s owners and their lower-end electric car, the Nissan Leaf.

The wireless charging aspect of the LE Concept can be controlled by the car’s display (which strangely combines analog displays along side a digital screen) or a smart phone by using a system the company calls Intelligent Park Assist, which ensures the electric vehicle is placed properly over the charging coils.

image via Nissan

With a range of approximately 100 miles, the LE Concept is fairly standard when compared to competitor’s vehicles. It will be about two years, the company says, before the LE Concept makes its way to showroom floors. And while no price was listed, given the details released, we’re going to guess somewhere in the range of $65,000 to $75,00o, depending on whether or not a homeowner decides to install the wireless charging station in their garage.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.