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.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.
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.