Infiniti LE Concept front quarter view

Infiniti LE Concept unveils 0 emissions luxury that requires no plugs

The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) promised a lot of great unveils this year, but the Infiniti LE Concept may be the best yet, featuring not only zero emissions driving with luxurious style, but hands-free powering via self-parking, inductive charging - because luxury shouldn't require wires and plugs.

Unveiled today, the Infiniti LE Concept features the styling of the latest the Nissan luxury brand has been promoting, including a now-signature rear post "wave." The LE will be the brand's first zero emissions, battery electric car, drawing heavily on the Nissan Leaf while showcasing new technologies that Infiniti is introducing.

Shown today at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, the LE Concept is said to be a close-to-production concept that could hit showrooms as early as 2014. It features all of the luxury that Infiniti customers have come to expect, but in a zero emissions platform with a world-introduction inductive charging option new to Nissan's brand.

The key features of the sedan include its battery electric operation using leading-edge lithium-ion battery technology; Intelligent Park Assist to help not only park the car, but also to align it automatically with the charge port for optimum charging; and an inductive charging system that requires no wires or plugs and that can be installed into the floor of most any garage or parking space where the LE would be parked.

Nissan has become the world's leader in all-electric car sales thanks to the Leaf and the company hopes to build on that by including their luxury brand in the mix, offering a higher-end, more user-friendly and luxurious offering through Infiniti. The car was designed from the ground up as a luxury vehicle, side-stepping the usual offering for electrification, which often adds the luxury to the car after the fact.


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