Leaf-based Infiniti will showcase 'neater' induction-based charging technology

The launch of a luxury Infiniti electric car based on the Nissan Leaf hinges on a standard process of induction charging being introduced around the world.

The new Infiniti will have a completely different exterior and interior from the Nissan hatchback and it will be used to showcase induction technology, which does away with charging cables.

“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,” said Infiniti boss Andy Palmer.

“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.”

Infiniti is currently pushing for car makers to develop induction technology on an open source basis, rather than individually investing in their own systems.

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21 May 2013

Excellent idea, especially this "open source" idea. I love Infiniti as a brand; something a bit different.

21 May 2013

Will induction charging be safe for those with electronic pacemakers etc fitted?

maxecat

21 May 2013

Maxecat wrote:

Will induction charging be safe for those with electronic pacemakers etc fitted?

Bizarrely, I've always worried about cats that might stray underneath a vehicle when it's being charged wirelessly. I'm not sure I'd like to sit underneath one with all that electromagnetism at work. Is it safe for humans/animals? You kind of think probably not when you're using that much electrical power.

3 July 2013

Excellent idea, especially this "open source" idea. I love Infiniti as a brand; something a bit different. HostGator Review

11 July 2013

This is actualy one of the rare electric vehicles that I like the deisgn for. I wish there were more detailed reviews on this. 

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8 February 2014
I can't believe they are finally bringing back the leaf!

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