Nissan LEAF Sales Open 2017 Strong In Japan

FEB 23 2017 BY MARK KANE 21

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan – January 2017

The Nissan LEAF seems immune to kWh-deficiency in Japan, as the 30 kWh edition simply keeps selling strongly.

Nissan LEAF CHAdeMO charging in Japan – home of the protocol

It has now been more than a year since the introduction of car’s 30 kWh battery pack (and range bump from 85 to 107 miles), and sales results are still better significantly better than in the previous period with the 24 kWh car – a rarity when compared to other markets for the LEAF around the world.

In January, sales amounted to 1,431 cars (which was actually down 43% versus the first full debut month of the 30 kWh  a year ago), but still one of the better historical results (8th).

In reality, the Japanese EV market doesn’t provide much competition for the LEAF, which combined with a CHAdeMO-rich charging network and shorter range daily drive requirements of the locals, seem to be a sufficient enough offering to get it easily through to the next generation offering, which arrives shortly.

Total sales in Japan have increased to 73,925.

Nissan LEAF in Japan getting a CHAdeMO boost, and showing off a unique color

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I guess it helps that Japan is a relatively small country surrounded by water so the Japanese are not as sensitive to range as many others are.

Japan is almost 2,000 miles long, it’s not the Maldives. They overall have shorter daily commutes and the rail system there is amazing which is what I suspect is more of a reason than it being a supposedly small country surrounded by water.

That’s true, but what Someone out there said is correct too. You also consider other factors such as governmental promotion and things national character.

The Japanese are very tech and environmentally aware.
Additionally the geography is comprised of a number of smaller islands with a few large ones, which goes to Sot’s point.
Many parts to the elephant.

Ah, but no one is going to drive from Okinawa to Hokkaido. 🙂 In any case – your point is taken; 100 miles is enough range for most American’s daily use, and even moreso in Japan. It may very well be that the extra expense for 200 mile+ BEVs would be often completely unjustified – take the train, or, on those rare occasions, get a rental car.

Many live in big cities where public transportation is well established and it is hard to commute by car. Also, many households posses a car or nothing so everyone wants their vehicle can go further.

Japan has a length similar to the distance of say from UK to the Mediterranean and UK is small surrounded by water too. Used to living in both places!

Its mainly nationalism so that Japanese buyers almost exclusively buy their national brands.

its VTRY hard for foreign auto makers to sell their cars there.

A lot of Japanese do like European cars like BMW, MB and Audi but not so much the American brands.

almost correct. Also we love VW which is bestseller imported car brand in Japan. On the other hand there are overe15,000 charging point in Japan. We welcome EVs from overseas! We don’t need US’s big PU trucks. We recommend you will drive big cars in downtown in Tokyo, President.

I think Japan will be the first country that goes statistically 100% electric first. It may take 25 years, but the impetus and ability to do so is there.

I rather think it would be Norway the first to go all electric.

I think they will be number one for at least next 10 years, Norway that is, but then economic forces will tip the balance towards Japan.

Norway is already at 37% of new sales are electric. Nobody even close to being in second place as far as I can find.

In adition, the stock of plug-in cars in Norway already represents 5% of all passenger cars on the road. No other country is even close. Norwegians expect to achieve 100% of new car sales to be electrics by 2025.

Should take 20 years to go electric.
After all, there will be mass-produced HFEVs from 2025.

“HFEVs”? Hype Fascinated Extra Vicious?

Maybe you meant HFCV’s? Hyprogen Fool Cell Vehicles.


Hydrogen Fuel cell Electric Vehicles, an acronym intended (I presume) to emphasize that fuel cell vehicles are (inefficient) electrics as well.

Battery electrics have far, far more advantages, though, with the exception of fueling speed on long trips, so I suspect most buyers will opt for much greater convenience 350 days of the year. *Shrugs*

Nope. Norway is way ahead of anyone else.

Good to see that Leaf is still selling well in its 7th year, but its high time and hope they launch the next generation Leaf at least by Oct with multiple range options like Tesla does.

What are the other options in Japan and what is the market share of EV’s?

See the link below Market share is just below 0.5%