The first all-electric Infiniti, which is supposed to hit the market in 2014, will likely be built at the same Tennessee factory as the Nissan Leaf EV, Plugin Cars reported.

Two Nissan spokesmen told the Chicago Tribune that the company's factory in Smyrna, TN, was the most likely place where the Infiniti LE battery-electric would be built. Nissan is expected to start U.S. production of the Leaf at that factory by the end of the year, and the Infiniti will use the same (or, at least, very similar) battery pack that the Leaf does.

Infiniti, which showed off a concept version of the EV at the New York Auto Show last week, said the car will have about 22 percent more horsepower and 14 percent more torque than the Leaf, but will also be larger – about the same size as the Infiniti G sedan.

Like the Leaf, the car will have a range of around 100 miles, according to the automaker – though the EPA pegs the Leaf's range closer to 74 miles. No price has been set, though Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn said that the company will likely be able to lower the price of the Leaf once it's produced in the U.S. What that means for the upscale LE – which stands for "luxury electric," telling you which is more important – is not yet known.


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      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Overall, I'm happy they're making the LE under the more, the better, principle. That said, for the LE to use the same battery pack as the Leaf is ridiculous thinking (though cost effective) on the part of Nissan. The Model S makes the LE look like a toy luxury car in comparison. And it loses some of its luxury cred by looking like the Elantra, which is not a luxury car.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it'll get a bigger battery pack and more range than the Leaf. Otherwise, it's a nice looking and luxurious car...I hope it'll be a success.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      My estimate is $40k for a well standard base model, extended range battery and wireless charging $5,000, tech package/ navi $2500. $47,500 ( -$7500 tax credit.) $40,000 fully loaded for this car is where the price will be after rebates/ credits. I think at that price this will be a hit.
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Odd looking car for a Japanese manufacturer the size of Nissan. It looks more like a late nineties Korean 'luxury' model. That being said, although I am all for more varieties of EV, I really wonder if this vehicle will find a market ? The Leaf is the best EV commuter vehicle, and the Tesla is the best expensive long range luxury EV. In the middle is GM's Volt. To what market segment does a vehicle with all the shortcomings, but none of the advantages appeal ?
      • 2 Years Ago
      It only makes sense to build the two at the same plant, and thank you, Nissan for bringing jobs to America. I think the Infiniti LE is going to become a very popular electric car if it is priced under 40 and the Leaf under 30. Except the Tesla Modes S, the LE will blow all the others out of the water and send them back to whatever country Detroit's big three is building them in; Korea, Mexico, and Italy.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think they can get the Leaf down to a few dollars under $30k, which will allow them to hit their sales projections of 150,000 a year. I don't have a good idea of what the Infiniti will cost.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nissan will be hard pressed to make this car for under 40K. The Leaf is already 36K and if they plan to sell a luxury car the Leaf's plastic interior just wont do. The interior will need a serious material upgrade.
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          I dont know... once the Tennessee factory is up, I bet we will see a decent price drop.... dollar to yen is kinda crappy right now too. I would bet it will come in under 40k. Nice looking car too... I am definitely not a fan of the Leaf design.
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Unless they make everything an option it is really doubtful that the LE will be less than $40k. I'm guessing $45k plus options ($3k tech, $3k touring, $3k luxury) = $54k or so loaded.
          theflew
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          @Spiffster Dollar to Yen will drop the price to the original price of the Leaf. The problem with having an Infiniti branded Leaf like car expectation. Just like the Cadillac ELR (Cadillac's Volt) they have to put content in the car that buyers of that segment expect. Heated/Cooled seats, power seats, lane departure, leather, audio systems, etc.. The problem with all of those things is they increase weight and power requirements. So you either increase the battery capacity (cost) or reduce weight (cost). If you take the cheapest Infiniti currently and throw $10k - $15k more on the cost, then I think you might begin to be in a realistic price range of the LE.
        theflew
        • 2 Years Ago
        Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The issues here isn't just price but acceptance of EV's as well. If this is price under $40k (highly doubtful), but let's say it is then it's range will be similar to the Leaf. A luxury car with the Leaf's range will not be a huge hit. Also, Infiniti isn't the first name people think of when they think luxury car. So,the competition for this will be the Tesla Model S and Cadillac ELR which will be more recognizable as something different.
        Spiffster
        • 2 Years Ago
        Unfortunately Detroit's big three are forced to build some cars out of the country as a result of high UAW labor costs. Particularly cars with tight profit margins... Volt being one of few exceptions.
      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they smooth out the weird edges, they just don't look right.
      TIMMAH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that's pretty fugly.
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        Don't be soft on them. It is an abomination.
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