May sales for the Nissan Leaf amounted to just 979 units, a 53-percent decline from 2,104 sold last year.
Despite a 30-kWh battery now available, today’s reality for EV buyers in the U.S. seems to be ruling out the Leaf from the days of 2,000-3,000 monthly sales it has experienced.
Today’s present reality: A 200-plus mile 2017 Chevy Bolt priced within realm of a 2016 Leaf is due later this year, Tesla Model 3 also has a long queue of intenders, Nissan has itself shown a 60-kWh battery in a Leaf test mule and its IDS concept vehicle.
The Japanese automaker and the owner of the world’s best cumulative selling EV keeps hinting more is in store, and has projected 10-20 percent of its sales will be electric by decade’s end.
To do that, the automaker may need to roll out its own second-generation Leaf, and other vehicles with a battery chemistry it’s said is coming, but to date has not. It has been suggested Nissan will reveal the Leaf before some time in 2017 for the 2018 model year, and unknown is whether it would be any sooner.
Meanwhile, time will tell whether present Leaf sales will rebound with pricing and promos.