Nissan LEAF Sales Hit 1,500 In U.S. In March – Highest Since June 2017

APR 3 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 43

Globally, sales of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF have been through the roof.

In fact, the new LEAF has been so hot that Nissan can’t keep up with demand in several European countries.

Nissan says the new LEAF was selling at a rate of one every 12 minutes in Europe, but until now we’ve seen very little impact here in the U.S.

Related – Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan Hit New Record

Well, that finally changed this month as inventories rose and sales did too.

For March 2018, Nissan LEAF sales hit an even 1,500 units in the U.S. This marks the first time LEAF sales have exceeded 1,000 units in a single month in the U.S. since September 2017 and is the highest monthly total for the LEAF since June of last year.

Numbers are sure to go up from here and you’d better believe we’re glad to see the LEAF return to its rightful spot among the top plug-in sellers each month.

In our monthly report, we stated this of LEAF sales:

Nissan has finally got the ball rolling with U.S.-based 2018 LEAF production and inventory. Deliveries soared in February, but only due to several months of almost non-existent sales. The numbers are up significantly for March, with 1,500 LEAFs sold, a 1.5% increase from last year’s 1,478. In comparison to last month’s 895 deliveries, this is a heroic effort.

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Until they fix the battery issue, this car is off my recommendation list to those that ask.

+1, except most customers are new and are not aware of the defective battery design.

Most customers use this car for commuting and the weekly grocery run. They will never experience any problems with this design.

I could only hope….

I’ll cancel yours with my recommendation 🙂 not everyone wants to rapid charge! 🙂

“not everyone wants to rapid charge! 🙂”

You mean rapid charge twice per day.

Or rapid charge 3 times a day or drive 600 miles in one day.

What? You are telling me that not all of us are taxi drivers?! I don’t believe it.

Most taxi drivers are in the 150-200 miles per day so they should be ok if their cars are only used for one shift.

I wouldn’t buy it, but it’ll be pretty good once the lease rates become a bit more competitive.

The newest 2018 Leaf Leases are not yet lower priced in cost per mile, when compared to the Chevy Bolt here in California.

When Nissan comes off their high horse, probably later this Summer, the Leaf should, at that point, be a better value, in the metric of range for Lease cost per mile. Until then, the Chevy Bolt is still the best range bang leader, for the Lease Buck!

Nissan needs to do something about the fast-charging issues, and faster battery degradation…
The 60kWh LG Chem battery can’t come soon enough if Nissan wants EVs to sell.

Oh, they will sell them with no issue. It’s the trust and loyalty in their EV fans that might be an issue

I just saw a video where someone drove a 2018 Leaf for over 370 miles straight through fast charging four or five times without the battery overheating. I also saw the video where the 24 kWh Leaf beat the 2018 Leaf by several hours because of slow charging. I think we need a lot more information before we can say for sure that there is a problem with the 2018 Leaf battery overheating and causing slow charging.

Too bad you didn’t post the links to those videos. They sound very interesting.

My wife is limiting her charge in her 2016SL to 4 hours each night to simulate a 90% charge to avoid 100% charge in hot weather. After 90% charge all it does is add a couple degrees to the battery anyways for all that effort. She can still commute twice to work with each charge compared to only one commute in her 2012 model. She drives 45 miles to work and comes home with 70 miles left.

Maybe in 2019 most models or maybe all models will have a quick charger. Currently most models do not have a quick charger. Similar to the Bolt, the QC is an add on cost. Not needed for most around town family cars. We have around 3000 charges on our LEAFs and I bet less than 10 are QC. Heck there are only 2 QCs in Alabama suitable for LEAFs (a third one is broken) and no CCS at all in Alabama. The closest QC to me is current 95 miles away. As more QCs are installed maybe more consumers will choose the QC options. Lets cross our fingers and hope for the best.

I really don’t understand how the new Leaf is selling so well overseas given the issues with the battery degradation. It does look a lot better than the Gen I Leaf, so there is that.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

They probably don’t read sites like these they way we ev nerds do.

It’s price effective, and Nissan says that’s what their customers care about most.

Price effective and buyers that don’t know the ins and outs of electric cars. I think I agree with both of you, Steven and Trollnonymous.
There is also the leftover good will that Greens feel for the original Nissan Leaf, I think. But I think Nissans lack of pack management may erode that good will over time.

You mean overseas, like it in the tropical heat of Norway? Or the UK, where Nissan has a Leaf factory?

There’s a missing story here. The Canadian numbers are not included and must dealers in Ontario pre orders with deposits going 50-100 cars deep. I would guess there are at least 2000 unfilled orders in Ontario alone if not more.

Dealers around Toronto are now quoting delivery dates of September or later on the 2018 Leaf.

People buy this car because it suits their needs and their wallet.

Exactly. I think Nissan will ultimately prove that they have found a sweet spot for range vs. price, though battery life will continue to be an unknown for some time into the future.

So globalSales(Leaf, 2018 Q1) > globalSales(Model 3, 2018 Q1)?

Yes

Nissan Leaf global sales in January + February is 10,805.

And that is already more than Tesla Model 3 Q1 2018 total of 8,180.

No surprise here, will be higher next month !

How disappointing this must be to all the Leaf haters and FUDsters. All these “stupid” people buying a car with out doing their homework……….. except maybe some of them have. Reading reviews, talking to actual Leaf owners etc.

If any one asks me for a reference I would simply reply that you have to match the car to your driving needs. Lots of long distance highway topped up with DCFCs? Not likely.
Mostly short commutes and errands you’ve got it made.

To their credit, Nissan had 5 pages for me to read about how electric cars are different and how this might not be right car for me. It was all stuff I was familiar with having spent at least the previous 2 years drooling over BEVs on You Tube and the internet.

Oh yeah. Did I mention they have a pretty good warranty on the battery?

You mean the warranty for
Leaf battery degradation and capacity loss of 30+ % over 96 months (8 years) and 100 k miles? Isn’t it the same on the Chevy Bolt? That is quite interesting, to say the Leafst.

We always seem to get these negative posts from people that don’t know what they are talking about. I had to put up with it when I was driving my Ford Focus Electrics and now I see what it’s like from the Leaf owner point of view. Neither the Focus Electric nor the Leaf deserve all these negative posts. The FFE was a very good value for the money and very fun to drive. The 2018 Leaf is better in almost every technical category but the FFE, with the lower seat height and fully independent suspension, was more fun to drive. I use to think of my FFEs as little electric go-carts. But Nissan is much more serious about selling electric cars right now than Ford and it shows in the new Leaf. No where else can you get assisted steering in a BEV right now at the price point of the Leaf. Nissan has put some of their most advanced technology into the 2018 Leaf. Posts here indicate that people who buy Leafs are idiots because there are articles concerning battery degradation and slow charging speeds on the Leaf but that is hardly the case. I believe most of… Read more »

Congratulations with your Nissan Leaf.

Most of the owners of a Nissan Leaf don’t have any severe battery problems. Some do have it, but that is a small %.

Overall, the Nissan Leaf is a great EV.

Global total Nissan Leaf sales in 2018 will be more than 100,000.

After 4 years leasing a 2014 Leaf S I purchased the Leaf for my wife. At 69,000 miles the battery has deteriorated by 8% to 92%, plenty of battery for in-town use. We have also purchased a 2018 Leaf SV for my work. Couldn’t be happier with both cars.

What ever you ar doing with your charge and discharge profile on your 2014 Leaf, don’t change a thing. If LeafSpy Pro is how you are deriving your 8% (SOH) capacity loss, you are doing better than the large majority of 2014 Leafs with over 60 k (out of capacity degradation warranty now) miles.

Great comments….I’m on my second LEAF first was 2011 that got the battery swap early on….drove it in Phoenix for 4 years lost very minimal range…did all the bad stuff parked the car in the heat charged when it was outside at 110….didn’t lose a bar in 45000 miles.
Took delivery of the 2018 Blue with light grey leather…I think it’s wonderful. It’s the SL with Propilot….which in my weeks worth of driving in traffic is plain awesome. I got 8years/100000 to worry about the battery. Oh and at less than $500 payment (not a lease) you guys can have your $50 -60k model 3 or wait another year for the “$35k” model 3.

Well said. I’ve pretty much stopped reading most EV sites and posting. It’s the same crap from the usual suspects – competitor fanbois parroting the same old nonsense in an effort to undermine the competition. It has nothing to do with the widespread adoption of EVs or getting affordable EVs to the masses.

Frankly, it makes me sick.

I like the Focus Styling. Of all the manufacturers I like the Ford styling best for all their products. I shouldn’t say bad things about products I don’t own but some Asian products look too “transformerish” for me. LOL. I still love my LEAF anyways. After 7 years it really grows on you and it was worth waiting 1.5 years to finally get it delivered.

The good thing is that when one brands EV sells well it is really good for all brands of EVs because it raises consumer awareness. I bet 50% of the population of Alabama doesn”t even know EVs exits.

I test-drove the new Leaf recently and was very impressed. It looks good, drives great, and I absolutely love the e-pedal. I think that is the impression most people come away with and that is why it is going to sell like gangbusters. Most people outside of these EV forums have never heard of the perceived battery problems.

On the other hand, I am very disappointed Nissan was only able to produce 1,500 cars last month (Ok, that does not include Canada, but we don’t have those numbers yet).

There is a huge uproar over Tesla’s slow production ramp, but Nissan is not much better. They started production last fall and they are an established automaker with lots of experience in mass production. The Leaf isn’t even a brand new model, it’s basically the old leaf with a new body and interior. Yet, their production ramp is even slower than Tesla’s . What is going on here?

“On the other hand, I am very disappointed Nissan was only able to produce 1,500 cars last month (Ok, that does not include Canada, but we don’t have those numbers yet).”

Nor does it include the rest of the world. Norway, for example, where Nissan sold more than 3600 Leafs in Q1. Maybe it is just not (considered to be) the right kind of car for the US?

Seems Nissan is also facing the same pains that Tesla faced. Why should an organized company face these issues.

Anyway they sold at least 1,500 units which is very decent.

Look at Hyundai.
There are only 5 units of Hyundai Ioniq EV in stock in USA. Its really pathetic that they are selling a model with inventory in single digits. It will be nice if Hyundai kindly removes this model from sale in USA.

Are they really interested in selling EVs or just doing this to damage the sales of this category.

Great news as more EVs reach consumers consumer awareness will grow. Sad to see that some non-LEAF owners are spreading mis information regarding LEAF batteries. They work great for us in all three of our LEAFS. The Lizard LEAF batteries are outstanding and since the batteries don’t heat up much in charging or during usage that chemistry does not require cooling like some others. Not better, just different.

The battery university does recommend to avoid maintaining 100% charge in regions with high ambient temps. Thats a good recommendation for all EVs and lawn appliances with LION batteries.

Great cars, we cannot wait for our next LEAF. Bet cars we have had even if they do have a limited range. If we go out of town there is always plugshare. This will help sales of all brands too. Now that Toyota and Honda are making EVs that will also help all the other brands sell too.

In seven years I can count all my quick charges on one hand. Why would anyone want to quick charge when they can charge at home overnight and it is always ready in the morning when you unplug. I save $300 a month not driving my Titan Crew Cab 4×4. My wife and son got used LEAFs for nothing and now they save $300 every month. We love it.