Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan Increased 52% In 2018

JAN 13 2019 BY MARK KANE 7

In 2019, Nissan LEAF probably will break into the top 30 sales chart in Japan

The sales of the Nissan LEAF in Japan collapsed in December by 80% to just 455, but it’s all normal – seen several times – in the month preceding the introduction of a new version. This time we are waiting for the Nissan LEAF e+ in January.

The year 2018 was great for the LEAF in Japan as sales increased by 52% to an all-time record of 25,722, which was enough to take #35 in the overall model ranking. Average monthly sales stood at 2,143.

Since December 2010, Nissan sold in Japan 115,141 LEAFs.

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan – December 2018

Nissan LEAF and Nissan LEAF e+ offer in Japan

The year 2019 promises to be exciting as the 62 kWh version LEAF e+ will go on sale early in Japan. With such a big battery and nationwide CHAdeMO network, LEAF should sell like hot cakes, especially since the 40 kWh still will be available.

The e+ costs around 14% more than the corresponding 40 kWh LEAF (e+ X trim vs. X trim), while the difference compared to the base S is 28%.

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Wonder why they don’t switch to CCS for U.S. And Europe

Chademo chargers in Europe and the US are 99% up to 50kW and this low power charging will hardly overheat the poor leaf battery pack without a proper thermal management. Nissan is so cheap, fortunately new EV s are coming with higher power charging, proper thermal management at 120kW and above. CCS 2 chargers at 150kW and above are spreading fast.

It has never been a problem for us. Great cars. I reviewed all the NHTSA complaints about the Nissan LEAF, I could not find a single complaint about the cars over heating or catching on fire so it appears to be more of a concern for people that do not own LEAFs.

Nearly 100k worldwide in 2018. My personal guess is 150k in 2019

I hope every brand of EV sales over a million next year.

Thats excellent news for Japanese consumers, they will love those cars for generations to come. That is about the 5th highest monthly sales volume for LEAFs in Japan this January. Hopefully all EVs sold well and they will all increase sales ten-fold in 2019. The LEAF is an exceptionally well built car and very reliable, we like it as much or more than any of the other 7 Consumer Reports top 20 most reliable cars for the past decade we owned. Very trouble free cars. Hopefully Toyota, Mazda and Honda fans will have EVs available soon too. We switched from Honda and Toyota to Nissan when we bought our LEAFs. I know a lot of people really like those brands, especially in Japan.

That’s excellent news, we need all EVs to sell well if we are going to do away with fossil fuels.