Video: Motley Fool Says Perhaps the Infiniti LE Delay is Due to the Success of the Tesla Model S

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Is the delay of the Infinit LE launch somehow linked to the success of the Tesla Model S?

Infiniti LE Concept to Remain Just a Concept For Now

Infiniti LE Concept to Remain Just a Concept For Now

Motley Fool contributor John Rosevear seems to think so and here he explains why.

First though, let’s touch on the official explanation of the LE’s delay from Infiniti boss man Johan de Nysschen:

“There will be an Infiniti EV. The question is one of timing.  We have a whole host of product priorities. We have to make very substantial investments now, and it’s important that we expand our volume footprint quite quickly.  There has been no formal decision yet within the company to give the project the green light and let them start with investment.  In my evaluation of our business strategy, I introduced a whole bunch of additional considerations.”

“It would not be so smart to introduce a car when perhaps 12 or 18 months down the road you have all-new battery technology.”

de Nysschen further says that in growing Infiniti sales from today’s annual volume of 170,000 units to 500,000 by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, there’s no room for the Infiniti LE if that goal is to be met.

But is there something else in play here?  Is it the Tesla factor?

In this video, Rosevear explains what he thinks is really behind Infiniti’s decision to postpone the launch of the LE.

We’re not so sure we agree with Rosevear’s take on the matter.  Do you?

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5 responses to "Video: Motley Fool Says Perhaps the Infiniti LE Delay is Due to the Success of the Tesla Model S"

  1. Taser54 says:

    This is the second recent post of the Motley Fool site that merely speculates about EVs (the first, a speculative post on the 2nd gen Volt with zero facts). I can’t say if it is the same author, as I am not going to support the site with any more web hits. No value added.

  2. Brian says:

    I personally suspect the batteries. They were going to use the same pack as the Leaf, but after 2 1/2 years in the real world, Nissan has discovered several issues with it – doesn’t meet the originally advertised range, takes a huge hit in winter, withers in high heat, etc. I suspect they are working feverishly to get the next generation battery ready before attempting a luxury car.

    Hence the “It would not be so smart to introduce a car when perhaps 12 or 18 months down the road you have all-new battery technology.”

  3. kdawg says:

    I agree with Jim Gaffigan. I think they are waiting on battery tech and don’t want to waste resources at this time.

  4. evnow says:

    I’ve seen a couple of videos on EVs by this guy, I don’t think he knows even half of what regular visitors here know about the industry.

    Because of Tesla a lot of these guys had to suddenly become EV “pundits”.

  5. Aaron says:

    Like computer technology, if you wait to get the latest and greatest battery technology, you’ll be waiting forever. You have to start somewhere. I think an Infinity LE with today’s battery technology would be fine IF they LEASE the battery to the end user, with the promise of upgrading that technology in the future. Since Infinity is a luxury brand, they can price future-proofing into the cost of the car and have a marketable advantage over the Model S.

    Good job, Elon, at setting the benchmark so high!