2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

It is no secret that the year 2015 wasn't strong for the Nissan LEAF in the U.S., as sales were falling year-over-year for 12 consecutive months.

Despite the fact that the 2016 model year has the potential to reverse this trend, reinforcements were too low in supply, and too late to assist in 2015.

With just 17,269 sales (purchases and leases) Nissan can't be happy with the 2015 result. And the Japanese car was dethroned by the Tesla Model S for 1st position in 2015. (Full 2015 and historical leader boards can be found on our Monthly EV Sales Scorecard)

But perhaps the 2016 LEAF entered the market just one year too late. Surprising consumers in early 2015 with the 30 kWh option could have resulted in much stronger sales for the year.

Anyways, from 17,269 and just over 2% average share in total Nissan car sales (trucks excluded), the only way to go in 2016 is up.

Nissan LEAF sales in U.S. - December 2015

Nissan LEAF sales in U.S. - December 2015

On the positive side, Nissan LEAF is still the most popular plug-in electric car in the U.S. with cumulative sales of 89,591 through the end of December 2015 -  a few hundred above the 88,750 Chevrolet Volts sold to date.

Total LEAF sales worldwide exceeded 200,000 in January, so U.S. sales account for 45% of all LEAFs ever sold.

Nissan LEAF sales in U.S. - December 2015

Nissan LEAF sales in U.S. - December 2015