Production of Infiniti’s first electric vehicle has been intentionally delayed as the brand seeks to ensure improved technologies make it into the model now due in 2015.

Nissan head of global planning Andy Palmer revealed production of the Infiniti EV has been delayed to give the company time to improve fundamental elements like the car’s wireless induction charging system and lithium-ion battery.

Palmer told industry journal Automotive News Europe: “There are some interesting advances in electric technology we hadn’t anticipated when we showed the LE, which, by delaying a little bit, we can incorporate into the car.”

Infiniti LE Concept - 2

While declining to speculate on a new launch date, Palmer said production would not bedelayed “significantly”.

“It’s still within our mid-term plan,” he said.

Palmer partly blames a lack of regulatory compliance in regards to wireless induction technology, saying the company had not yet been able to find a wireless induction system better than those currently available.

Infiniti LE Concept - 3

Palmer also claims Infiniti’s improved lithium-ion battery technology, said to increase range and reduce costs, will be so good that it alone will justify the production EV’s delay.

Originally due to start production in late 2013/early 2014, the upcoming EV is to be based on the Inifinit LE concept (pictured) unveiled at the 2012 New York auto show and is expected to take inspiration from the Essence and Emerg-e concepts.

Infiniti Australia’s Peter Fadeyev has previously said that the local division has “every intention to bring it to Australia”.

  • azlan


  • F1orce

    No point in grinding on the EVs.

    A dead horse they are.

    • jmnwyrj

      Is that what you were saying during the first few years of Hybrids? Sales of electric cars have picked up quicker than Hybrids did.

    • Biff

      This was the same guy on horseback in 1900 crying that there was “no future in the horseless carriage!”

      You may prefer suckling at the OPEC teat but I for one think it’s high time we tried an alternative.

      • F1orce

        Going from a horse to Auto is a advantage and a better alternative.

        So far EVs simply don’t cut it.

        • jetyj

          I repeat, is this what you were saying during the first few years of Hybrid?
          Have a look at your beloved Toyota Prius:

          1st full year on sale (Dec 1997-Dec 1998) = 18,000 sales
          Second full year, 15,200 sales
          3rd year 19,000

          Dead horse?

          Compared to:

          Nissan Leaf first full year 2011: 21,598 sales
          Second year 2012: 25,840
          3rd year on track to 40,000 (19,441 sold in Jan-June 2013)

          Tesla S has been selling faster again.

          • bloahblah

            Electric Cars have been on the market for close to 100 years.
            I guess they are off to a slow start!

          • jetyj

            Yea? So which electric car was on the market to buy (not lease) in the 90s? 80s? 70s? 60s?

            Name a couple that one could pop into a dealer during those years and buy outright?

        • Biff

          You’ve gone from writing off EVs to admitting that the early efforts don’t match an ICE “so far”.

          EVs have many advantages – quietness, no local emissions, lower overall emissions (on a clean grid), simplicity and reliability, the ability to ‘fill up’ at home, the avoidance of oil imports, and the creation of a V2G infrastructure and a secondary market in used batteries for residential storage.

          Of course the early efforts won’t match an ICE with their 100+ year development and infrastructure. Does that mean we should just give up? Australia – the land where nothing ever changes because it’s all too hard. That’s the pioneering spirit that made us great!

  • Joe

    Looks like a Kia Optima from the back and side.

    • cat

      Looks like the i45’s Rear Lights

  • crouchy35

    Looks like Robocop vomited on a Mazda 6

  • Bondie

    Nice looking car!!