Infiniti Boss Says It Will Borrow Nissan EV Tech For EV Coming In…2020

2 months ago by Eric Loveday 26

 2012 Infiniti LE Concept

The 2012 Infiniti LE Concept…that never arrived.

Infiniti LE Concept

Infiniti LE Concept

Back in 2012, Infiniti rolled out its LE electric concept car and said it would arrive in a couple year’s time (which it obviously did not).

Even More recently, the automaker claimed it would enter production by the end of 2016 at the latest. Well, 2016 has come and gone and there’s no indication that the LE will ever enter production.

Now, it seems Infiniti may be working on a different pure electric car, one that’s described as a performance EV.

Speaking to Autocar, Infiniti boss Roland Kreuger says he’s driven the prototype of this electric car as it’s “very good.” Krueger does however note that this is an “early” prototype, meaning its years away from production still

Autocar says 2020 or so is when we should expect this first electric Infiniti to launch.

This EV will reportedly make use of Nissan’s electric car technology, but it will ride on its own, dedicated platform. Kreuger stated:

“We want it to have a unique Infiniti driving experience.”

In discussing the choice to turn to Nissan for tech, Kreuger commented:

There are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilise.”

So, here’s what to expect then…a 2020 Infiniti performance BEV with its own platform packed full of Nissan’s EV tech.

2020 seems way to late to join the EV game, but perhaps if Infiniti knocks it out of the ballpark, then we’ll be able to overlook how far behind the automaker is.

Source: Autocar

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26 responses to "Infiniti Boss Says It Will Borrow Nissan EV Tech For EV Coming In…2020"

  1. Someone out there says:

    EV startups are only interested in making prestige cars but that market is rapidly getting satisfied. We don’t need another model S competitor, we need more Bolt competitors!

    1. Sublime says:

      “…making prestige cars but that market is rapidly getting satisfied.”

      People who buy prestige cars, buy the new prestige car every couple years. The market doesn’t get satisfied, but it definitely isn’t a growth market unless you’re a new entrant.

    2. przemo_li says:

      Bolt took GM half a car and 6 years to make.

      Electronics, electrics, powertrain, infotainment, battery pack, are all from LG.

      Spark is old car by now.

      Toyota/Infiniti do not have internal knowhow from car similar to Spark, nor have they battery maker eager to put so much stuff into their car.
      (LG is sold out till… well into future).

      Nope. They can not replicate GM Bolt in next few years.

      Hmm. That tentative date of 2020. Could it be coincident?

      1. L J Grzyl says:

        Infinity belongs to Nissan – Toyota has Lexus. Pozdro.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    Let’s call it what it is: Hope for “harmonization” and the getting rid of CARB’s EV mandates. The battle is crystalizing, and Nissan knows it is now a member of GlobaAuto.

    IMO, Model S competitors are the most fertile ground. It’s the natural marriage of price, power, quiet, handling and luxury. The rest is narrative, including the Bolt. Why cannibalize something you make even more money on, by recognizing how much people want EVs?

  3. Brian says:

    “a 2020 Infiniti performance BEV with its own platform packed full of Nissan’s EV tech.

    2020 seems way to late to join the EV game, but perhaps if Infiniti knocks it out of the ballpark, then we’ll be able to overlook how far behind the automaker is.”

    You are talking out of both sides of your mouth, Eric. Infiniti as an automaker may be “late to the game” (compared to whom? Only BMW, honestly). But they are using all of the experience garnered from Nissan (their parent company). So in a sense, they have been “in the game” since 2010 when the first Leaf was delivered.

    1. Yogurt says:

      Judging from the EV schedules of most automakers the game doesnt start till 2020…
      This is just warm up…

      1. Brian says:

        If even half of the discussed EVs come to market within the next 3-4 years, it will be an interesting time!

  4. Rick says:

    So it’s not just the VW group with their ‘vapourware’… but also Nissan.

    1. Anti-Lord Kelvin says:

      “Even More recently, the automaker claimed it would enter production by the end of 2016 at the latest. Well, 2016 has come and gone and there’s no indication that the LE will ever enter production”.
      So Infinti it’s one more like the R8-E-tron supposed to be ready in 2012 (announcement made by Audi in 2009) that was definitely and officially scrapped last year, like the Q6 fully electric, once (in 2011) announced to be available in late 2014, now maybe in 2019), then the Next Leaf, the BMW I5, etc…
      So all of them, very experienced, with tons of cash and a lot of factories and engineers ready to go,but, but,…it’s only the newbie Tesla that doesn’t met their deadlines???

      1. Anti-Lord Kelvin says:

        Correction: …”it’s only the newbie Tesla that doesn’t meet its deadlines in a lot of internet sites and newspaper headlines!”

  5. Koenigsegg says:

    Ya whatever. Talk is super cheap

  6. Hauer says:

    2020?

    Wake me up in 3 years.

  7. CDAVIS says:

    OP Eric Loveday said: “Back in 2012…which it obviously did not..Even More recently, the automaker claimed…Well, 2016 has come and gone and there’s no indication that the LE will ever enter production…So, here’s what to expect then…a 2020 Infiniti performance BEV…”
    ——–

    Fool me once…fool me 3 times…

  8. SJC says:

    It is a Nissan.

    1. Sublime says:

      Exactly. What is the lead time to take a LEAF 2.0 and swap out the grill? Maybe you beef up the inverter to lower the 0-60 a second. Boom Infiniti EV.

  9. leafowner says:

    Sad — Nissan is really shooting itself in the foot…..Once the leader, soon to be an also ran…

    1. CLIVE says:

      You are telling yourself crazy stories.

      Time for a new screen-name.

      Nissan is no joke.

      You’ll see!

  10. EV4Life says:

    yep – the premium market is the best for EVs, it is less price sensitive and more open to innovation – and yet they do nothing.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      ..but give TSLA a wide berth, and watch its stock price go back to $250.

  11. Josh Bryant says:

    LOL, I had a Nissan PR guy tell me the Infiniti performance EV would be out “before the end of my 2011 LEAF lease.”

    Not the PR guys fault, but entertaining to think back on now.

    1. CLIVE says:

      The CEO killed it.

      1. Josh Bryant says:

        Yep, killed that car, renamed the entire vehicle lineup, then bolted to take over Caddy.

        1. CLIVE says:

          The name charges was the worst thing he ever did.

          What a salesman!

  12. Nix says:

    There are a number of things that have been announced for 2018-2022, including 350+ kW chargers, and a whole bunch of 200+ mile range EV’s.

    I’m hoping that there will at least be a tie-in between the upcoming super-high speed chargers and all of these future cars.

    IF they can build a car designed to take full advantage of 350+ kW chargers, I’ll be the first to say it was worth the wait. If they wait until 2020 to build a glorified Leaf, it will be disappointing.

    1. CLIVE says:

      They will bring a car with wireless charging and when it can park itself. Not a day sooner.

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