Nissan LEAF Hits 2017 Sales High In June Ahead Of New Model’s Fall Debut

JUL 3 2017 BY JAY COLE 22

The pending arrival of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF has had little effect on current generation sales…thanks to some deep discounting!

For all intents and purposes, the current generation Nissan LEAF is the least expensive all-electric vehicle on the US market today (that is bigger than a bread basket), especially thanks to huge incentives (up to $10k off + $7,500 fed credit) being offered on the car ahead of the “new” LEAFs debut in Tokyo on September 5th.

Latest Nissan teaser for the 2018 LEAF

Heading into June that had lead to 8 consecutive months of sales gains for the 2017 model.

Well, you can make that 9 months in a row now, as 1,506 copies were sold (a 2017 high), a 37% gain over the 1,096 sold a year ago.

For the full year, 7,248 have now been moved, up 25% over the 5,793 deliveries made in the first 6 months of 2016.

Looking ahead the great 2017 sell-a-thon looks to continue as production of the LEAF continued unabated in Smyrna, TN, and inventory of the car at local dealers actually increased throughout the month, and ends July with over 3,000 copies in stock.

Inside the 2018 Nissan LEAF (via Automedia)

Also of interest in June, InsideEVs caught the first images from inside the “new” LEAF (above) as the car was out testing mid-month – which in turn prompted Nissan to publish its own “teaser shot” of the new LEAF’s dash just ~12 hours later.   

Then last week, Nissan put out its third teaser image, this time of the LEAF;s front “faux grill”.

The Nissan LEAF enters the second half of the year as America’s 6th best selling plug-in, but we can’t help but look ahead to the new LEAF’s arrival and wonder what sales are in store for the EV in 2018.

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The new styling is a huge improvement! But I just talked with a leaf driver about my Bolt who said he is looking to get a Bolt in a few months when his lease is up… basically because of the range alone.

Has Nissan officially announced the range yet? If not, I think Nissan should announce the expected range as soon as possible to keep any current customers happy and loyal. If they like their car and know a long range replacement is on the horizon, they will likely wait for it!

No official details yet. Rumors abound that while a 60 kWh pack will be available, it may not be available when first deliveries begin. Bad enough that deliveries won’t start until ~ December, but to delay a 60 kWh pack option when M3s are rolling and Bolts have been out for months and already being discounted makes poor business sense. So I’m hoping the rumors are a smokescreen to up the wow factor. If not, they’ve given me 3 free months lease and I’ll lease a Bolt for a very good price.

Any Nissan sub 60 kWh pack (approx. 40 kWh), for the 2018 Leaf, probably will be offered, to deliver a sub $4 k MSRP price point advantage over the base LT Chevy Bolt (MSRP $37,495). Nissan may possibly have a 3-6 month launch delay on their 60 kWh 2018 Leaf, as rumored along with some educated guesswork, as previously speculated.

I don’t see how it’s much price advantage if the Bolt’s discounting makes a 60 kWh car sell for the same as a 40 kWh Leaf since the Nissan dealers will be looking for MSRP st the beginning. I don’t want to drive my 21 kWh Leaf for another whole year waiting for Nissan to compete, so I’ll have to go with a Bolt. But I guess we won’t know for sure until September.

I hope a 60 kWh version is available at or soon after launch. Although worldwide, I am sure even a 40 kWh Leaf will perform very well. In the US, I think it would really hurt Nissans leadership position in EVs compared to GM and Tesla of a 60 kWh was not an option.

But offering both a 40 kWh and 60 kWh version at launch would allow it to compete both on price and on range.

I’m seeing a lot more new plated Leafs in Silicon Valley. Last time I went to premier Nissan at the end of 2016, they were dead in the water for leaf sales. Now I hear deals being made of down to $100/mo with $2500 down for the 30kWh version, so they are heavily discounting.

Between Premier Nissan in San Jose, and Sunnyvale Nissan (largest volume Leaf seller- West Coast), their 24 month/24 k mi. Lease deals are between $ .16 > $ .14 per mile out of pocket, respectively. These (before T,L,R) costs have dropped more than 10% in the last few months.

Thanks Vinny, good July 2nd dealer data roundup.

Glad to hear that Nissan is still building the 2017s. Great for people looking for an affordable new EV.


When I leased our 2017 a few weeks back, the agent was lamenting that they are stopping production and he’ll run out by August.

Dealer agents who know how to make deals (he’s the top one) can really thrive as long as the 2017’s are being cranked out.

As others commented, it’s a ridiculously good deal, and should be a no-brainer for almost every 2-car household looking to replace one of the cars.

Heck, an 84-mile Leaf was our only car for 2.5 years, so a 107-mile one was also a no-brainer for us at this price.

Apparently range matters but price matters even more. Given how many households have 2 or more cars having a really cheap ~80 – 110 mile BEV be one of those cars can make good economic sense.

Bill T, yes indeedy! What a low cost of ownership.

Yes, I agree with that. Bolt: better range, better acceleration, but costs twice as much per month. I can get by with a low range and average acceleration with that comparison.

Haha, we ended up contributing to the Leaf sales tally in both May and June, even though we have only one Leaf…

GO Leafy go!

My wife and I have been talking a lot about what to with our 2013 Leaf S, which we own. We love the car, but circumstances have changed since we first leased it, and we could really use a bit more range (120 to 150 miles/charge would be very beneficial). So we’ll be balancing keep the 2013 vs. buy a 2018, and 40kWh vs. 60kWh packs, plus, of course, price and availability and any (hopefully none) surprises that pop up.

Good thing this car thing is so simple…

What would you sell it for? I can only drive older cars as I am allergic to the toxins in New cars.

I think we already saw the new Leaf dash in the autonomous video of Leaf driving in London. That seemed like the same dash we see in these recent shots. I’ll have to take another look at that video.

Anyone knows a dealer in OC offering the $10k discount now?

Nissan is playing long ball by pushing these steep discounts. Just locking down customers who might otherwise have bought a bolt. Then a couple years from now can sell them a new car with more mileage. Often too in these huge deals where a utility is involved, there’s only 1 dealer or a handful involved. Those are conquest sales for those dealers. And Nissan has established the bridgehead for partnership with the utilities for things such as off peak charging rates and other programs.

Upcoming Leaf’s competitor is Model-3 and not Bolt. In size and specs, Leaf and Model-3 will be close and Bolt is a very small crossover.

Because it has a high 238 mile range, so far some people compared it with Model-3. Soon when Model-3 hits the market, it will take its own course.

Bolt is not a crossover it is a hatchback just like the Leaf and they are both FWD.
The Model 3 will be RWD or AWD.
All will have about 400 km of range.

They’re all 200 mile EVs in the same price range (at least the Leaf2 is assumed to be). They’re all obviously competitors. The EV market isn’t big enough to start nitpicking about different body shapes,and even in that case the Bolt and Leaf are practically identical. The Leaf has more trunk space and the Bolt has more interior space (or at least it feels that way).