Nissan LEAF Sales Rise Up In December 2018 In U.S.

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Steady is how LEAF sales have rolled most of the year, but now we see a rather sharp rise.

Finally, after several months of a downward slide, sales of the Nissan LEAF show a sharp rise in December 2018 in the U.S.

With just 1,128 LEAFs sold in November and only 1,234 LEAF sold in October, sales of Nissan’s flagship EV had been soft. That came to an end in December when sales shot up to a reasonably solid 1,667 units.

It’s a decent figure, but it’s still well below expectations. However, if we look at year-over-year growth than it’s an amazing accomplishment. In December 2017, Nissan sold just 102 LEAFs. So, last month’s result was up by 1.534.3%.

Looking back, there were 1,563 LEAFs sold in September, up from the 1,315 LEAFs sold in August, and an improvement over the sales we noted of 1,149 LEAFs sold in July.

Looking at YTD figures for the LEAF we note that cumulative sales for all of 2018 stand at 14,715, which is a decent improvement the total of 11,230 sold in 2017. But still, that’s a disappointment if you consider that in the best of times (2014 ) LEAF sales hit upwards of 30,000 units in a single year.

All eyes on the upcoming 60-kWh Nissan LEAF e-Plus now.

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After the palace coup in Nissan, I seriously doubt there would be a 60Kwh Leaf.
Even the future of Leaf is in peril.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

CES is January 8th-11th. That’s when the 60kWh Leaf will be launched.

They may launch it but I doubt they would sell it. Japanese cabal would love to go Hydrogen.

They would love to go Hydrogen, but they want to make money. H2 is going nowhere, they need infrastructure (remember the shortage last year).
H2 is too expensive, I do not understand peoples buying those cars.

I still believe they will come up with the 60Kh leaf

H2 is too expensive for now.

Recall that a few years ago, batteries for EV were too expensive.

In all fairness, the Mirai is doing a few hundred a month despite all the problems and negative attitudes towards it. Maybe the market for hydrogen cars isn’t zero.

…only statistically.

The market is zero unless Toyota plans to operate at a loss indefinitely. The Mirai can be leased for $350/month, and that monthly payment includes 16kg/month of hydrogen (enough for 1,000 miles per month). At the current average price of $14/kg, that’s $225 per month in fuel cost included in a $350/month lease payment, thus it is not scalable. If the customer paid for the hydrogen, it would equate to 26 cents per mile in fuel cost alone, which is about 73% higher fuel cost than my 2010 pickup truck that averages 14.5 mpg.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Due to go on sale in Europe in May.
If you’re wondering why they’re quiet about it, Nissan is notoriously quiet before launches, and it has a 40kWh version it doesn’t want to Osborne.

How hard is it simply to accept that they canceled the LA reveal because there was a lot of press about their imprisoned former CEO at the time, and they wanted a clean launch?

(I must apologize, as I did read between the lines).

1667 for the Leaf and 1058 for the Volt. The two original plug ins are puttering along with few car buyers paying any attention to them. There is still a market for the Leaf overseas, but until they get the 60+ kWh Leaf here in the States, it is going to be heavy sledding for Nissan. Nissan can make a come back if they get the long range Leaf available in decent numbers in April and May when car sales traditionally start to rise after the winter slow down. The new, more traditional, Leaf styling has really helped the Leaf get accepted by people that otherwise would have ignored it.
I am sorry to see Voltec tech get tossed away by GM. I was hoping that they would EREV a small crossover, or even the Buick Encore. A roomy, slightly sporty CUV/crossover with even 45 miles of AER would have been a great car.

The Leafs should probably be pressed in a book somewhere, a memento of a time past.

That is harsh! LOL! When the 200+ mile AER version of the Leaf arrives, and I think it will be soon, they will take a chunk of the Bolt’s sales. I think the Leaf and the Bolt will be fairly complementary, each serving a slightly different section of the low end BEV buyers. But the prices have to be reasonable. I see more and more deals on Bolts, it will probably be similar for the long range Leaf after the first couple months of full price sales.

Until Nissan shows some signs of making good their promises now over two years behind, by the time they get any improvements to market they will be five years at least behind all other electric car makers.
Fortunately the electric vehicle choices are many so customers don’t have to settle for second best, they have lots of better choices.

Not really. I plus one’d your post because in theory you are right. But in reality, the compliance EV Kona, Ioniq and Neos are few and far between.

As a consumer, you need to study and know they even exist. Cars only built to collect ZEV credits and sold only in CARB states are plainly compliance cars.

How silly we can be. Debating which EV can sell a whoppjng 30,000 units when tbeir makers commonly sell millions of cars worldwide each year.

For EV websites to flourish, we do need to talk about minutae and outliers. I prefer to ignore the government mandate players and concentrate on the two major forces in the industry that actually seem committed to bring about the electric rEVolution – Tesla and Volkswagen. One forced to in order to redeem it’s reputation, the other, an overacheiving underdog whose dream is to change the world.

China is waiting to take European and American car markets by storm. No surprises if recently shuttered GM factories become future EV manufacturing opportunuties. Tesla needs somewhere to build the Y and Semi. People need their jobs back.

I can only buy 4 EVs in my State. LEAF, Bolt, I3, and uhhh LEAF. Sorry, I can buy three EVs in my state. I think Nissan, BMW, and Chevrolet are in this for the duration. Great cars, If you take care of those cars they could last a lifetime.

I doubt Nissan is very worried with US sales. Even the price doesn’t seem attractive as it could be there.
I believe in the US price for leaf is between $30k and $35k, in Europe between €30k and €35k. All seems good, but normally cars in the US are a lot cheaper, model 3 selling for $50k in the US will cost €60k in Europe.

I agree, EVs are too expensive. We were hoping to get a year end clearance on a 2018SL LEAF. Dream on. The best deal we could get was a 4 month old Nissan Factory Fleet car with 3000 miles and every option and whistle and add-in for $26 grand. The good thing about the Tax Credit is that it is passed on the the used consumers. Some people can get new LEAFs for less than $20 USD grand because of State or Employee incentives. They should jump on it.

Anyways, when you select your EV try to find one that goes twice your daily commute so you can run the AC and the heat and extra juice for errands.

Did Nissan have a big sale or something?

Nissan messed up with the redesigned Leaf. Essentially, it is a new shell on the existing chassis.

Nissan had a chance to give us its best and greatest 2nd gen Leaf and the decision makers thought a new shell and some upgrades will do the trick … kind of like putting lipstick on a pig.

In contrast, Tesla is constantly upgrading its vehicles. It’s simply no competition with Tesla constantly giving its best vehicle with each new sale.

Leaf owners who can’t afford to upgrade to a Tesla Model 3, are most often switching to the Chevy Bolt, for better extended driving range, and battery longevity considerations (LTMS).

These two parameters will change this year, with the launch of the 2019 60 kWh LG Chem battery, in the redesigned Leaf.

Great cars, I hope all sales for all brands went up significantly. Once people realize they only need a car that goes twice their daily commute, and not a 450 mile experimental beast, sales will really increase. Gas cars you need that range to minimize dangerous trips to the gas stations. With EVs you charge at home every night, only takes few seconds, and wahlah your ready to go the next morning.

Thats another 1667 gas burning smog belching POS off the road. I hope every brand of EV and Plug-In hybrid saw similar increases.

Not exactly.

But I get your point.

It’s not like they are crushing them.

Great family cars. I wish the prices would come down for all the EVs. IF you buy that car and use it in the 20-80% charge range it will last 20 years to forever, It doesn’t care where you live. People think Paycheck to Paycheck. They need a gasoline car with 300 to 400 miles of range so they can fill up the gas tank on payday and drive for 2 weeks until their next paycheck. That is not necessary with an Electric Vehicle (EV). You only need an EV that goes 30 to 40 miles every day, you plug it in every night when you go home, only takes 2 seconds, and then every morning the car is ready to go. A whole lot easier than fighting off bandits at the gas filling station. People have no idea how easy it is to plug in an EV and they have no concept of charging at home. We need to help educate people that driving an EV is a whole lot easier than a gas car. No oil changes, no fill ups and dodging perps, no brake jobs, no more checking the oil or the trans fluid or the antifreeze… Read more »