Nissan Leaf: why there is still a glimmer of hope

The first electric car ever is not the Nissan Leaf. But the Nissan Leaf is the first modern electric car for the whole family to be marketed in the Netherlands. Due to the arrival of many other examples of an electric car, the Nissan Leaf has been somewhat forgotten these days. But that doesn’t mean Nissan is putting the model name in the trash.

The Nissan Leaf will be launched in Europe at the end of 2010. You can see him in the photo below. The name Leaf (officially with capital letters) stands for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable Family car. So an environmentally friendly, affordable family car that plays a pioneering role. The range of the first Nissan Leaf is approximately (don’t laugh now) 175 kilometers. In practice, this means a distance of about 100 kilometers.

Top year

A Nissan Leaf with a larger battery of 30 kWh will follow later, which in theory will travel 250 kilometers. In the first years, Nissan sold 300-600 copies of the Nissan Leaf annually in the Netherlands. The second generation Nissan Leaf will follow in 2018 (see the photo below) and that is reflected in the national sales figures. Top year is 2019 with more than 3800 sales.

Nissan Leaf: why there is still a glimmer of hope

More competition, less sales

There are now many more electric cars on the market. And that is also reflected in the sales of the Nissan Leaf. In 2020, Nissan managed to sell more than 1600. For comparison: in the same period, Volkswagen sells almost 11,000 copies of its comparable Volkswagen ID.3. And this year only 748 Nissan Leafs have been registered so far. Nevertheless, Nissan says that the Leaf model name has a future.

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Nissan Leaf is ‘here to stay’

Aditya Jairaj van Nissan laat know when asked that the Leaf model name is ‘here to stay’. He is responsible for the marketing and sales of Nissan’s electric vehicles in America. Here, too, sales of the Nissan Leaf are falling drastically. That Nissan maintains the Leaf model name could mean that Nissan is working on a cheap electric car. After all: the letter A in the name stands for Affordable.

Nissan Leaf: why there is still a glimmer of hope

New Nissan Leaf as a crossover?

The possible new Nissan Leaf could be presented sooner than we think. The current Nissan Leaf has been running for a while and sales leave much to be desired. The newly launched Nissan Ariya (pictured above) is equipped with much more modern EV technology that could be useful for a next Nissan Leaf. We doubt whether the new Nissan Leaf will be a hatchback again; we’re betting on a crossover under the Nissan Ariya.

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