RonDawg wrote:However, I think it has a lot to do with Elon Musk's recent announcement that he was going to bring an EV in the "$30k price range" but would be superior in every way to the Leaf. Infiniti's decision to delay (perhaps forever) the LE was published not long after Musk's announcement.
I really hope the Infiniti LE makes it to market, but I think the indefinite hold has more to do with Tesla "cancelling" the 40 kWh Models S version (sorry, I can't find the link - but I think Elon said something like - cancelled due to lack of interest). The LE and 40S would both have been in the $50K-$60K range.
The Infiniti LE would have to be "better" than the 40 Model S in battery and performance to compete, and the initial reports of the Infiniti using the Leaf battery and powertrain would mean a non-starter. I think they looked at performance and decided that they wouldn't be competitive. My hope is that they do have something in development because I do think there is a market in the $50 - $60K range.