Japan Plug-In Electric Car Sales Down Again In February, But Nissan Crosses 50,000 LEAFs Sold

MAR 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

Nissan LEAF Sales in Japan – February 2015

Nissan LEAF Sales in Japan – February 2015

Not good news coming from Japan in 2015 as the overall automotive market is shrinking. Sales of cars fell by almost 17% year-over-year to 249,565 in February, while kei cars (engines up to 660 cm3) fell over 15% to 193,755.

Plug-in electric car sales are down year-over-year together with the rest of the market.

Nissan sold some 1,612 LEAFs, which is a decent result, but still 15% less than in February 2014.

Total sales of LEAF in Japan crossed 50,000 in February. In the US, Nissan reached 75,000 LEAFs sold in March. Also in March, Europe exceeded 35,000 LEAFs sold, which together brings us to over 160,000 out of the nearly 170,000 LEAFs sold worldwide.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The other best selling plug-in car, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, fell significantly last month to 603, compared to 1,630 in February of last year. This is Outlander PHEV’s fourth big drop in a row.

Mitsubishi is finding a lot more sales of Outlander PHEV in Europe.

All-electric i-MiEVs and Minicabs-MiEV stay at a stable level of sales – 159.

No report on Tesla Model S, Nissan e-NV200 nor BMW i3 yet detected by us.

Plug-in car market share in Japan remains low at a few tenths of one percent.

Mitsubishi Plug-In Car Sales in Japan – February 2015

Mitsubishi Plug-In Car Sales in Japan – February 2015

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6 Comments on "Japan Plug-In Electric Car Sales Down Again In February, But Nissan Crosses 50,000 LEAFs Sold"

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Overall, I would say that the automotive market shrinking is a good news, not a bad one. Less car is better, and the best would be les car, but a greater percentage of electric ones.

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Actually I take that back. If the global auto industry goes into tailspin, they will not be able to develop EVs, and we will be stuck with the cheapest cars they can make: low-quality gas-guzzlers.

At least until EVs become really mainstream, the auto industry should remain strong.

But yes, in the big scheme of things more transit, telecommute, cycling, etc., and less vanity purchase of new cars is better.

If this was 1970, I would agree. We don’t have time for EVs to take over the market. Cars need to go away. The sooner the better.

Most people in Japan live in cities with large public transport systems. Japan was not really a big car market to begin with.

Lower car sales is the result of sales spike last year, before the sales tax increase.