Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan One Year Since Introduction Of 2nd Gen

Nissan LEAF in Japan

NOV 7 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

The second-generation Nissan LEAF has been on sale for a full year in Japan.

Year 2018 is a record one for the Nissan LEAF in Japan, as the new LEAF is selling like hot cakes. However, demand seems to have stabilized as in October 1,675 were sold, while the average for the first 10-months of 2018 was over 2,300.

The current result is 54% lower than a year ago, when the 2nd generation LEAF hit the market with 3,629 sales!

Overall, some 23,177 LEAFs were sold so far this year and that’s 82% more than a year ago at this point.

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan – October 2018

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Pathetic numbers. What is this…like 0.00001% of ICE sales?

The Nissan Note is the best selling car in Japan. It is an electric car that is not marketed in America. It has over 72,000 sales in the first half of 2018. The Nissan LEAF is also one of the best selling cars in Japan, not very far behind. The Nissan LEAF is one of the most reliable cars ever made. In addition, If you can use it in the 20-80% charge range it will easily last 2x to 4x the battery warranty period. Just make sure the limited range suites your daily commute. If you commute over 100 miles a day I would not recommend a new Nissan LEAF unless you are willing to make some life style adjustments. Go check one out. Best Datsun or Nissan I have ever owned. Also better than any Toyotas, Mazdas, or Honda we have owned. Great cars.

“If you commute over 100miles a day I would —–”

Recommend moving

Exactly, if you commute over 100 miles a day the best option is always to move. I found out that the Note in Japan may be a mixture of gas and gas/electric hybrid versions. Not all may be electric propulsion off a semi efficient gas generator.

The Note is not electric in the sense of a Tesla or the Leaf. It runs on a small gasoline motor not connected to the wheels that charges a battery that moves the car. The battery can do may be 1-3km before the gas motor kicks in to recharge it. If you turn on the AC the motor is running almost continuously. The car does not have a connector for charging so it works 100% on gasoline. Although I expect it is more efficient than hybrids it still uses nothing but gas.

Nissan gave me a note for free for a couple of days while my leaf was being repaired (wife hit a column while parking) and while I found the idea intriguing at first, I didn’t like the car. The engine would start and stop all the time to charge the battery and the noise was annoying, I prefer my Leaf many times over. May be for someone that has never experienced a pure EV and doesn’t want ken it may be a good option for an efficient car.

Just a hair under 10,000 in the month of September worldwide. They should have over 90,000 for 2018 and are on a pace that will be in excess of >100,000 Leaf (leafs?,leaves?) in 2019. And that’s without the long range model yet.

Great news for earth, hopefully the rest of the production was sent to other markets. Great news in America as Tesla Model 3 sales hit the roof, and Europe is steadily growing in new EV sales. Great time to buy a used or new EV, try to make sure you select one with enough excess range for AC, Heat, and extra errands. If you can use it in the 20-80% charge range it might last a lifetime.

Whats really great news from this is the pop-ups. 55% EV sales in Norway, 3% in the UK, double digit in Sweden. Some people are catching on that EVs are better. For now it is the better educated higher income countries, but word is spreading to Canada and Japan and China and Germant and France. Funny a lot of those countries under attack by our current administration at Putin’s direction. I have saved $21,000 in gasoline in Alabama in 7 years plus electricity savings too. The last thing Putin wants is to be sitting on 10 trillion barrels or worthless arctic crude he can only access with western technology. Russia cannot drill deep in the arctic ocean.

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It seems that the sales numbers of the Nissan Leaf in Japan have always been very low in the month of April.

Well, actually, it seems that people in Japan in general are not very much interested in Plug-In cars anyway. What is the reason for that? Perhaps it’s the lack of Government incentives for Plug-In cars?

What is the status of autonomous car development in Japan? We all know the country is filling up with retirees who were never car & truck cultists unlike their American contemporaries. They’re either not going to buy cars or they will let robot cars drive them around if the government says so.