Although essentially a carbon copy of the concept shown in the Big Apple, the LE's Paris debut is the first indication that the plug-in will be sold in European showrooms. Described as "production intent', the LE will soon make the transition to a regular production car.
"The Infiniti LE Concept is a "production intent' concept and most of what you see will become a reality," said Bernard Loire, Vice President of Infiniti Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. "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."
Based largely on the Nissan Leaf, the LE is comparable in size to the Infiniti G sedan. The LE packs a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery which should net an electric range of about 100 miles. Once drained, it takes just 30 minutes to return the LE's battery to an 80 percent charge.
Infiniti says the LE will hit the European market in 2014, although we could see the electric luxury car on these shores sometime next year.