2015 Nissan LEAF Priced Slightly Higher In Canada, Arrives This Month

JUN 19 2014 BY JAY COLE 8

Vive la différence

Vive la difference: 2015 “Morningsky Blue” Nissan LEAF Replaces “Blue Ocean”  (Hint: the new one is on the left)

The Nissan LEAF is not a particularly strong seller in Canada.  The most ever sold in one month was 101 units – which was last month (versus the record setting 3,117 that were sold in the US in May), while just 358 have been sold so far this year.

2015 Nissan LEAF Gets A Slight Price Bump In Canada

2015 Nissan LEAF Gets A Slight Price Bump In Canada

However that has not stopped Nissan Canada from divulging ‘next model year’ specs to us the last two years running, as well as foreshadowing pricing and arrival dates for the US.

For 2015, the changes are mostly negligible (you can find all the details here).

There is a slightly new color choice – Morningsky Blue“ which replaces “Blue Ocean”, and the entry level (S) now gets standard cruise control, while the two higher trim levels (SV/SL) get the new EV-IT update.  Also the “blue chrome” bits on the LEAF’s ev-specific emblems (hint look at the wheels) are now just straight chrome for the most part.

Range is unchanged at 84 miles via 2015 EPA ratings.

As for pricing, those hoping to see another reduction in the MSRP for the 2015 around the world are most likely going to be disappointed, as pricing has slightly increased in Canada:

  • S Trim –  2014 – $31,688, 2015 – $31,798  ($29,255 USD) +$100
  • SV Trim – 2014 – $34,998, 2015 – $35,048 ($32,368 USD) +$50
  • SL Trim – 2014 – $38,398, 2015 – $38,548 ($35,600 USD) +$150
2015 Nissan LEAF Spec Sheet (Canada) - Click To Enlarge

2015 Nissan LEAF Spec Sheet (Canada) – Click To Enlarge

We also noted in April that 2014 MY production was closing unexpectedly early in Smyrna, TN after less than 8 months worth of assembly time…and that 2015s would be rolling off the line by that month’s end.  And sure enough, InsideEVs has learned that the first 2015 Nissan LEAFs are expected to leave port in Vancouver by early next week.  US deliveries are expected to start in early July…so make with the pricing announcement already Nissan USA.

So while you are waiting for the 2015 Nissan LEAF to be priced in your part of the world, why not spend some time at Nissan Canada’s website, which has just been updated to include 2015 specs!

The Nissan LEAF is eligible for up to $8,500 in provincial credits in Ontario and $8,000 in Quebec.

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“The Nissan LEAF is not a particularly strong seller in Canada.”

Ths has been more a supply issue from Nissan North America vs. customer demand. Some LEAF customers have waited 3-4 months to have their LEAF order delivered. It’s getting better that production number in TN have increased, but inventory still appears to be limiting sales.

While the new LEAF market has been slow, the secondary market is hotter with imports of ‘used’ LEAFs from the USA. It would be interesting to see registration numbers for LEAFs in Canada? (particularly from BC, ON, & QB)

Having personally bought two LEAFs in Canada for myself and a couple with family members I can tell you its very rarely a supply issue. I picked up the keys to #2 sold in Canada in July of 2011 (finally got that winter package – the first US one without it was not good), there has only been 1,236 sales since.

If anything it is a “dealers don’t want to take a chance and stock it” issue. From speaking to dealers, the pricing and commitment from Nissan corporate to keep incentives on the vehicle to turn inventory, and not have showrooms languishing with units, hasn’t been all that great in the past – so they had just refused to take them. That being said, it has improved with the ’14 MY.

Custom orders are more than a little slow, but again this has been a function of demand irregularities.

what kind of EV range are you getting in the winter? i would think that would be a problem with operating a BEV in Canada where it gets colder in the winter than it does in southern California.

Well on an original US-spec 2011 model (before the cold weather package – ie) no heated seats steering wheel) I would say about 50 miles on average winter days (10F-32F), the newest LEAF is much better 65ish miles.

I will say I pulled a tidy 20 mile depletion on a -50F day when I was ‘up north’…the car did start which I guess is something (my SRX did not), but never did see a battery warmth bar.

Another problem with selling a fully electric car in Canada is just about everywhere you are dealing with ‘reduced range’ to some degree from September until May.

Pretty hard to sell a LEAF in January when its -20F outside and the sign on the car says it will go 160km (100 miles)…but a quick test drive loses half the bars/range in 20 minutes if the person is booking it with the heat on.

As a salesperson, you have to be really transparent I think with the range and how to get the most out of it…not the most natural attribute in the profession.

Yes, this is exactly it. Us Canadians have *lots* of experience when it comes to knowing what cold weather does to batteries, whether they’re laptop batteries, lead-acid car batteries, or alkalines in your radio. We do get outside with our electronics on occasion, you know.

And we know right off the bat to ask what the range is like *in the winter*. On the plus side, we have outlets in every parking lot. Not to charge electric cars, but to keep your ICE engine block warm enough to ever start again. Electric motors don’t have that problem, but they won’t go nearly as far, for certain.

But no, it also doesn’t help that the government doesn’t provide any incentives to the consumer, nor does Nissan, for that matter. They simply don’t ship many Leafs to Canada at all, and they charge considerably more for them north of the border.

Jay, what you are saying about Canadian LEAF inventory doesn’t reflect the reality since mid-2013.

There were MY12s languishing on lots in early 2013. Then Nissan offered a deep discount in the Spring and most of them were sold. This brings us to the improved and lower-priced MY13. It’s Canadian release got pushed back twice, until late July 2013. By June, there were no MY12s left, at least in Quebec, and MY13 hadn’t yet arrived.

When MY13 did eventually go on sale, they sold out quick. Nissan North America only alloted 250-300 for the Canadian market, to drip in at a rate of 30-50 per month. There are people who left a deposit in September, but couldn’t take delivery until January. There’s even on person who ordered in September and had to wait for a MY14. Another problem is that Nissan mostly shipped SLs to Canada, pricing out people who had the budget for SVs. The situation is slightly better with MY14/15, but there are still customers who have been waiting for two months. This is a far cry from in the USA where you can easily walk into a dealer and drive out in a new LEAF the same day.

Thanks Jay … good point on need for incentives. Agree ’14 MY sales have been better than ’13 MY.

Incentives have been proven to shorten time to reach a critical mass of EVs so dealers are comfortable (stocking and selling) and to justify initial public infrastructure deployments.

FYI: @Jay

Nominations for first-ever EV Dealership Awards Program (in Canada) http://www.electricity.ca/media/news/NewsReleases2014/EVAwardsNewsReleaseNominationsOpen.pdf