No longer the

No longer the "gold" standard for EV sales in 2016 for the US, as the LEAF has fallen to 5th

While the 2016 Nissan LEAF and its "new for this year" 30 kWh battery continue to outperform past sales results around the world (such as in Japan & Europe), the same cannot be said for the US.

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan - UP, UP, UP ... which is nothing like in the US

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan - UP, UP, UP ... which is nothing like in the US

In July, just 1,063 were sold, bringing the year to date total up to 6,856, off 38% from the 10,990 moved through the first 7 months of 2015.

If one is looking for a "silver lining", we have now reached a full year's worth of a sales swoon, meaning July's woeful result was only off 9.5% from the dismal 1,174 sold in July of 2015.

So not much of a silver lining then.  But if one wants to learn from the results we do have on the table, we can clearly see part of the sales problem is self-inflicted.

With new battery options upcoming and an all-new, next generation LEAF set to debut in the not-so-distant future, it appears Nissan is actively managing existing inventory lower in the US.

During July average stocked inventory fell to a 2016 low around ~2,500 units, and the "new" 30 kWh version (also know as the SV/SL trims) fell to about half of the total.  Basically it is impossible for Nissan to perform much better than it has of late.

The Nissan LEAF sales (through June 2016) and its dwindling market share. Expect more of the same to close out 2016... and things to change in 2017

The Nissan LEAF sales (through June 2016) and its dwindling market share. Expect more of the same to close out 2016... and things to change in 2017

Also of interest for Nissan and the LEAF in July:

Nissan and Eaton equip new eco-designed Webaxys data centre with first deployment of a

Nissan and Eaton equip new eco-designed Webaxys data centre with first deployment of a "full pack" energy storage solution

*- as mentioned, Nissan LEAF sales are strong in Japan.  After 1,323 registrations in June, 2016 sales have already eclipsed all of 2015's total

*- 2016 30 kWh LEAF is reviewed in the UK (watch), where the bulk of new sales/growth has also been via the new battery/trim level

*- perhaps tired of waiting for Nissan to announce a battery upgrade of its own, engineers at Nissan’s Technical Centre in Barcelona (NTCE-S)y facility build their own 48 kWh LEAF

*- 2016 editions of the LEAF also got a recall note this month (well, ~4,300 of them anyway), as an airbag supplier error (found in the wiring harness) can unintentionally deactivate the safety device

*- Nissan and Eaton show off the first recycled "full pack" energy storage solution