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All-electric Infiniti compact saloon to go on sale in 2014

Previously shown at the New York International Auto Show in April, the LE Concept is roughly the same size as a BMW 3 Series, and uses an under-floor battery to power its 132bhp, 240lb.ft electric drivetrain. This offers a 100-mile range, with the option to fast-charge the battery to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes via a plug hidden behind the illuminated Infiniti badge on the grille.

Also fitted to the concept car, but unconfirmed for the production version, is a wireless charging pad. This will allow the car to be recharged without using a wired connection, similar to the system used in an electric toothbrush. Drivers park over a matching floor-mounted charging pad and the electricity is transmitted over the air, with no risk to humans or animals as a result. The LE Concept’s charging times can be controlled via the dashboard display or remotely using a smartphone.

Bernard Loire, Vice President of Infiniti Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, said: ‘The Infiniti LE Concept is a ‘production intent’ concept and most of what you see will become a reality. It is too early to confirm exactly when and where it will go on sale, but we are heartened by recent moves to encourage electric cars, such as France raising the purchase incentive from €5000 to €7000 per car. It is fitting that the LE Concept should make its European debut in Paris.’

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