Nissan LEAF Sales Continue To Struggle For US In May, Off 53%
2016 has not been kind to the Nissan LEAF in the US.
Sales of the LEAF started to wane in the Summer of 2015, and it was thought that the 2016 model year LEAF, with a larger 30 kWh battery (now giving the EV 107 miles of range) might help to stop the bleeding.
It did not…at least not in the US.
If anything, poor sales so far have only highlighted the fact that Americans were disappointed to not yet see (and be able to buy) the next generation LEAF (that we all know is coming shortly) over an updated gen 1 car.
For May, Nissan sold just 979 LEAFs, down 53.5% from 2015 when 2,104 were sold. If one is looking for a silver lining, May’s result is a 24% gain over April’s lows.
Also of interest this month in regards to Nissan:
*- thanks to a emission/efficiency scandal at Mitsubishi, Nissan leveraged its claimant position over the maker of the Outlander PHEV and bought a controlling interested (34%) in the company in May. This means the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi-AvtoVAZ super group now owns 27% of the overall plug-in market worldwide.
*- Nissan introduced its own inexpensive version of the Tesla Powerwall” called “xStorage“ in Europe. The difference? Nissan uses re-purposed LEAF batteries, and the cost (installation included) is really decent at €4,000/£3200 ($4,500 USD) per 4.2 kWh unit
*- the largest pilot of Nissan’s V2G systems outside of Japan is now taking place in the UK (although we’d rather Nissan just decided to offer…or not offer the tech already)
*- Nissan demonstrated its ProPilot autonomous technology that will be found in its next generation LEAF this month at the G7 Summit in Japan