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Infiniti Delays LE Electric Sedan Production Plans

After more than two years of teaser images and auto show debuts, Infiniti is delaying plans to bring an electric car to market. That’s according to a report today in Automotive News, which said that Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen wants to shift priorities away from the Infiniti LE electric car production plans and towards high-volume gasoline cars.

“We need to re-evaluate our assumptions,” said de Nysschen. “It would not be smart to introduce a car when perhaps 12 or 18 months down the road you have all-new battery technology.” de Nysschen also voiced concerns that electric car technology is too niche for the brand, which is working to hit sales figures of 500,000 cars a year by 2017.

De Nysschen was appointed president of Nissan’s luxury brand last year by Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Tasked with improving the brand’s market share and impact on Nissan’s balance sheet, de Nysschen isn’t afraid to make tough choices—even if that means distancing himself from Nissan’s EV strategy.

The Infiniti LE, previously due to debut in 2014, was to be Infiniti’s first electric car. Using existing Nissan LEAF technology, it was also to be the first production car fitted with wireless under-car charging technology.


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