2015 Nissan LEAF Deals To Spur Sales

JUL 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 31

Nissan LEAFs

Nissan LEAFs

CarsDirect posted earlier this month price guidance for those who are considering buying or leasing a 2015 Nissan LEAF.

Sales of LEAF this year decreased significantly compared to 2014 (see graph below). Part of the equation are newly expired leases on LEAFs with up to $7,000 credit/discounts.

There are plenty of new 2015 LEAFs available for thousands less than MSRP in California! In 17 markets, Nissan offers “No Charge to Charge” valued at around $1,000.

After deducting federal tax credits and, in some cases state incentives, LEAFs become more affordable then ever before, both brand new and used.

CarsDirect noted that entry level 2015 LEAF S leases start at $199/month for 36 months and $2,399 due at signing.

Excellent lease specials:

You can still lease a 2015 LEAF S for as little as $199/month for 36 months. This offer includes a massive $10,025 rebate already factored into this price and a mileage allowance of 12,000 miles per year, and it requires $2,399 due at signing, which is more than usual for this model.

Outstanding finance offer:

It’s also a great month to finance. Nissan is offering exceptionally low rates this month starting at 0% APR for up to 72 months plus a whopping $5,000 finance bonus (up from $3,500 last month) for well-qualified customers.”

It seems that Nissan is doing everything they can to stay above 2,000 sales a month, at least before the 2016 LEAF with a new larger battery pack (30 kWh)/range option has a chance to reverse the trend.

Checking on the early sales returns during the first 2 weeks of July, it seems promotions are being successful, with sales higher in most states.

Nissan LEAF sales

Nissan LEAF sales in US

Source: CarsDirect via Green Car Reports

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the leaf is below expectations this year, but this will change in the fall, when the 30kWh version comes to market (and it will be upgradeable for the older versions). Whatch out you naysayers.

Source for upgradeability?

Will it be add-on, or full pack swap?

I suspect “mr. m” is guessing about upgradability. I strongly doubt Nissan will offer upgrades. No EV maker has done so yet; why would they start now? Tesla has been talking about doing that for the Roadster, but even they haven’t done it yet.

Doesn’t seem likely there would be an add-on module available, either. Lithium ion battery packs have to have the cells carefully balanced, so no cell is charged to full capacity before any other. You can’t just add new cells to an old pack.

Of course, they could install a separate, second smaller pack, with its own BMS (Battery Management System), but again this seems rather unlikely. Manufacturers of mass produced EVs simply don’t do that, or at least most of them don’t. There was a recent article here at InsideEVs about a Chinese make EV that had the battery pack broken up into modules, but I’m not sure that was even a li-ion pack.

Tesla indeed will sell you an upgrade in the Model S. There have been people that have upgraded their 60s to 85s. Nissan currently will swap any battery version with the most current, even the ’11 & ’12 models that require a special kit to make the newer battery work. As long as the battery will physically fit in the older versions there will be an upgrade path.

Yep. Any Model S owner can upgrade their pack. 60 to 85, 70 to 85, 85 to 90, or whatever.

Even if battery swapping never catches on, this is still a nice use for Tesla’s ability to easily swap batteries.

And the Nissan LEAF has the battery in a container, so I think they could swap a battery pack relatively easily. They already do it for people who’s battery pack has severely degraded.

I think it wouldn’t be too hard to swap a 24KWH pack to a 30KWH pack. I just wonder what they’ll charge for such an upgrade.

Nissan has said from the beginning they would offer “early adopters” the option to upgrade as long as the new pack fits. So I think the 2016 will be available for any earlier model. The 2017 will probably not as the new body style will require a different shape pack.

Upgrade-able? That would be fantastic.

“It seems that Nissan is doing everything they can to stay above 2,000 sales a month, at least before the 2016 LEAF has a chance to reverse the trend.” I think it’s before the 2016 Volt has a chance to reverse the trend.

2012 Leaf lost third bar, can’t wait for 2016 Leaf to hit dealerships.

How many miles do u got I lost 2 on my 2011 but I have like 60000 on it

32,657 miles and battery degradation only occurs during hot summer in central Florida. My lease ends December.

Aaah, you’ve got the hot battery problem. Good thing you leased.

On the other hand, didn’t Nissan recently resolved the class action suit by swapping out the bad batteries with the upcoming bigger battery packs for current owners?

Yes, but you have to drop 4 bars.

I lost my first bar at 30,000 in Jx FL on my 2012. Love the car but could use the extra 40 miles of range a 2016 battery would provide. I hope Nissan will work with me to get me to a 2017 model amd not drive me to Tesla.

Wow, what a difference in temperature between Jacksonville and Orlando, my 12 Leaf lost first bar at 9,000 miles and only during summer temps of 92-98 degrees. How is your tire wear? I’ve gone through one set of ecopias at 15,000 miles and need another set as I type.

Still all my bars after 22 months and 18k miles… keeping my fingers crossed!

What’s your location?

NY/NJ area.

I’m a great lessor – only charge to 100% when I’m driving long distance right away, car garage parked +20 hours a day between work and home.

I’m in upstate NY – 41 months / 28,000 miles / 12 bars

2012 Lease 22000 miles and still have all bars. Upstate NY

Mark (or Jay),

Any news on whether the Smyrna production line is already making 2016’s?

In past model years I used to see updates on the site when the production-year transition happened.



Hey Assaf,

Last I heard, not yet – almost though. The 2015 MY production year is abnormal, and is almost twice as long as the 2014 year, as the company does prep for the (yet unannounced) new battery in the 2016…the 2016 MY will likely be even longer maximizing value and of course changing over to the next gen.

I’d look for Nissan to announce shortly, as the 2016 is skedded to arrive at dealers in about 7 weeks.

Sidenote: Despite Georgia’s tax credit expiration in June, early returns on sales (through the first 2 weeks of July) is that Nissan is experiencing better returns elsewhere than normal.

Note the Smyrna, TN plant production is max’d out. Nissan recently announce it will shift some Rouge production to Japan to meet US demand.

A tight production line may be placing the squeeze on new LEAF deliveries. To speed up production it is not a matter of just adding more LEAF to production slots; but involves adjusting logistics across multiple plants! A side effect of Smyrna producing the highest volume of vehicles in N.America.

I am waiting for the 2016. Based on previous Leaf model introductions, how does the lease rate change after the model is introduced? I am used to paying cash for new cars and I am worried about how to negotiate the lease.

@ Ralph, I was in the same boat. Normally pay cash for my vehicles, makes negotiating simple. 7 months ago I leased a 2015 Leaf and looking back I think I rushed in without doing enough research on how to negotiate a lease. My advice to you now (for what it’s worth) is to take whatever lease offer the dealer has and add up all the payments (cash up front total, plus total of all lease payments) and add that to the residual value (this represents your purchase price at the end of the lease, should you decide to purchase). Then you have a total cash cost for buying through leasing and can easily compare that to the MSRP, known cash back discounts, what others are paying etc to make negotiating simpler. In my case my total 3 year lease costs are $11k (minus the $5k GA tax credit I got) and my residual is $12.5k so if I decide to buy I would be paying $23.5k for an S with QC package. Not terrible, but had I looked at it that way before signing I think I could have done better. I did get the $5k tax credit in… Read more »

What happened to the federal credit in your lease calculations?

My advice to Ralph is to look at used LEAFs; it may be cheaper than leasing in the long run. There are plenty of great deals to be had, even on one-year old and current year LEAFs. For example, I was considering purchasing this used 2015 LEAF SV with quick charger and only 5,319 miles on it for a dealer asking price of $16,542. I figured that I could negotiate the price down to $15,500 to $16,000. No annual mileage limits to worry about and since you own it outright, after 3 years you can decide to sell it, trade it in, or keep it.


Dealers are offering a $5,000 financing discount (you only have to make 3 payments, then can pay off), plus dealer discounts of $5,000. Total $10,000 off MSRP. Then deduct the federal credit $7,500, I also deduct a California rebate of $2,500 and a local air district rebate of $3,000. $23,000 total of discounts, rebates and tax credits on a $33,000 car! Plus sales tax and some licensing fees.


Any source of data on used LEAF sales numbers in 2014/2015; or the total number of LEAF’s registered in US?

My thing is total LEAF sales are way up in 2015, but a larger portion are used LEAF sales. Perhaps 20-40%?
(just a guess as no raw public data I know of)

Consider yourselves lucky. Down here in Australia, we can only buy 2012 built cars. I won’t buy a new car that’s 3 years old. I’d order a Tesla 3 today if I could 🙁

Thanks for the great advice. I’ll do exactly that.

I would go used except for a 60+ mile freeway trip I have to make frequently. I’d probably be ok but I’m waiting for the 2016 so I can have more confidence.

I didn’t know that. I’m leasing since I may want to switch to the Model 3 later on. A friend has the S and it was a blast visiting the Fremont factory with him.

Best to all. This is a helpful site.