Infiniti's 'Luxury Leaf' Electric Car Will Wait For Inductive Charging

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It's been a few years since Infiniti confirmed it was working on a luxury sedan based on the Nissan Leaf, but little extra information has emerged since then.

Autocar reports the firm is still working on such a vehicle--it's just waiting for inductive charging technology to become commonplace, first.

Infiniti's luxury electric vehicle would be a compact-sized sedan, based on the same platform and running gear as the Nissan Leaf--Nissan being Infiniti's parent company.

Previewed in the 2012 Infiniti LE Concept, the all-electric sedan would be far more dramatically styled than the Leaf, with more aggressive, flowing lines.

The interior too would be more luxurious and less esoteric than that in the Leaf, to suit typically more conservative luxury buyers.

But for Infiniti, inductive charging would be the car's most important feature.

"The whole concept of not having to couple up cables to a plug socket, dragging them on the ground and on you as you go, is in keeping with luxury motoring," Infiniti boss Andy Palmer told Autocar.

"It is this technology we want to shine a light on, so while there is no world standard on methods, the roll-out will be dependent on region."

The company wants all automakers to develop their inductive technology on an open-source basis, to make sure vehicles are compatible with all systems--and one expects, to reduce development costs.

It isn't clear when Infiniti's electric sedan will debut. Originally, the car was planned for 2015--but if the company is waiting on inductive charging to really take off, a true launch date is anyone's guess.

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