Icelanders Pre-Order New 2018 Nissan LEAF At Level Near Total LEAF Sales There In 2017

JAN 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 22

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

High demand for the new Nissan LEAF in Iceland previews what should be record sales when the LEAF finally appears at local dealerships in April or May.

2018 Nissan LEAF

According to the latest reports, Nissan Iceland has received 129 pre-orders for the new 2018 LEAF. That figure is almost equal to total LEAF sales in Iceland in 2017 (135 units).

While car sales in Iceland are small compared to other more populated countries, this is the second largest plug-in electric car market after Norway, in terms of market share. Plug-in electric cars captured up to 14% share in 2017 (with monthly peaks at 30%), as reported by EV Sales Blog.

The number of plug-ins in Iceland increased from only 94 in 2014 to 4,848 at the beginning of 2018, a small figure for sure, but growth has been massive and the new LEAF should continue to add to the rising figure.


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These 129 people are not names on a mailing list to be contacted by the dealer when the cars are on the lot.

A few weeks before the cars are put aboard the ship to Iceland, they will be contacted to discuss the delivery date and when the full payment should be received by the dealer. In the week following the disembarking of the cars, they will be delivered to these 129 customers.

That is the kind of pre-order we are talking about.

There are about 345,000 cars in Iceland, I wonder when the Icelandic government will step in and do what Norway has done and phase-out ICE vehicles.
Install enough Type 2 AC stations, and because it is a small country, fast charging would not really be required.

Good point. And Iceland, like Norway, already has abundand renewable electricity, maximizing the GHG reduction from going electric.

Of course fast charging will be required. It’s 1300 km around the Hringvegurinn 1 (Ring road 1).
That would be 6-7 fast charging stops with the new Leaf and you probably need 15 fast charging stations around that road.
Plus another 20-30 stations with enough chargers for each station for all the arms going out from the Ring Road.

It’s fairly simple to do, but needs to be done.

If you look at plugshare app majority of ev chargers in Iceland are level 3 🙂

Islands, with limited distance and range requirements, are PERFECT markets for EVs.

Especially Iceland, with renewable geothermal and hydroelectric energy resources that generate ALL of their electricity. If they go with EVs, that could eliminate almost all of their dependence on fossil fuels and be 100% renewable.

For perspective, the internet tells me that Iceland is about the size of Kentucky. The Ring Road extends around the coast of Iceland with a total length of 1,339 kilometres (832 miles).
Go EV baby!

And the ring road is being dotted with fast-ish chargers this year (started last year)

I’ve driven a quarter of the ring road and it was fun. Beautiful going around the south coast.

And especially their neighbour’s to the southeast, Faroe Islands. Faroe Islands is perfect for electric vehicles, and the government just last year (or 2016), made incentives available to EV buyers, similar to those of Norway. The VAT is reduced from the car (normally around 20%), and EVs don’t pay any road taxes (for now). But the charging infrastructure needs to improve considerably.
The Faroese power grid supplier has made the goal to be 100% green all year round in 2030.
Ita especially difficult when you’re dealing with such a tiny grid, to have the electricity production running without hiccups, especially as you add more and more windenergy to the grid. But they have made a solution with Enercon and French battery manufacturer “Saft Batteries”.
It’s really exciting following this development ?

This is great news that finally an affordable electric vehicle with adequate range for Icelanders is available. As others have mentioned, the island has adequate electrical power supplies to fully electrify their transportation sector.

Unlike the Norwegians, Icelanders have much lower standard of living so don’t expect to see many Teslas there.

There are a few Teslas in Iceland, the hard part is that they need to organize the import and Tesla not having any presence there.

The Model 3 will surely sell well in Iceland when it comes and warrant a Reykjavik store, service center and a few supercharging stations.

Well, at least they don’t have to worry about battery degradation in Iceland.

I assume you’re joking.

Leaf battery degradation is well-documented even in temperate and cold climates. My 12 Leaf degraded 15% in 26k miles, here in western PA.

Maybe the new air-cooled batteries are better, but as you say, in any case they won’t be cooked as in Arizona!

The newer batteries are better everywhere but they are still afraid of heat (from long distance driving /w DCFC), they still dislike sitting at 100% or 0% SoC.

As others have stated Iceland is a perfect place for EVs. When I was there last year, incredibly high gas prices definitely reinforce this point!

And i understand that retail electricity is rather cheap! (But not as cheap as industrial electricity.)

Obviously Iceland and Norway have huge advantages w.r.t. sources of electricity. I would think though that any small island nation shifting to all EV would be an easy monetary win. Getting gasoline to islands is not cheap and there’s really nowhere to go so range shouldn’t be an issue.

It’s not that expensive to route a tankship to Iceland, and deliver all the fuel they need. Given the number of people living there, they can just wait longer between each visit. Gasoline taxes is an important income for the government in both Iceland and Norway. With increased EV numbers that (in Norway) pay not taxes, no road fees, no parking fees, no fuel fees and so on – they represent a loss in income. The only reason fuel is more expensive in Europe is taxes. It is a source of income for countries to spend on infrastructure, healthcare and education. At the same time, it may reduce unnecessary driving, force people to buy fuel efficient vehicles or choose the cheapest way for them to get from A-B. There are of course drawbacks, like everything gets more expensive. Everything you buy have to be transported (usually) several timers). If all of those times cost extra, goods and services will be more expensive. When I lived in Egypt for example, it was cheaper to take a taxi, they it would cost me to drive the same distance in Norway with my own car. The government in Norway is now spending more… Read more »

Fuel is very expensive in Iceland because it’s an import. Iceland needs to sell Fish, Rocks and Bear tourism in order to get cash to buy gasoline.

it’s a big deal to end imported gasoline.

Go Vikings ‼️

Here is the status of the fast chargers covering the ring road in Iceland on the ON network. More chargers will be added this summer