November Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Japan Down Compared to Previous Year

DEC 30 2014 BY MARK KANE 5

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Japan had another weaker month in November as sales of Mitsubishi’s and Nissan’s plug-in electric vehicles fell compared to November of 2013.

Nissan sold 943 LEAFs, while a year earlier it was 1,306. We don’t know for now how well accepted is the newcomer, theĀ e-NV200.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with 558 units sold, was approximately three times lower than the 1,705 sold in November 2013. Only the all-electric MiEVs went up a little bit from 167 to 190.

Sales of all of those models went down some 47% from 3,178 in November 2013 to 1,691 last month.

Anyways, the weak November didn’t destroy the overall result for year of 2014 and both the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are growing YTD to 12,918 (up 9.6%) and 9,456 (up 16%) respectively.

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5 Comments on "November Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Japan Down Compared to Previous Year"

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I really dont understand why the japanese dont buy more electric cars and specially more Nissan Leafs.

Does anybody have a clue?

I guess its the high cost of electricity, especially after Japan shut down most of it’s nuclear reactors after the Fukishima meltdown and used expensive fuel oil to generate most of its electricity (expensive before recent drop in crude oil prices). In 2011, before the Fukishima disaster the average price of electricity in Japan was $.26 per kWh. I don’t know what the price of electricity was after Fukishima.

Lack of incentives/subsidies for EVs probably also had something to do with it.

With so little choice the volitility is not surprising?

Stagnant economy, declining population

And an amazing infrastructure where private cars are not only totally unnecessary, but a nuisance!