Whether you want to take pity on the Nissan Leaf or celebrate its woes, there’s no denying that Nissan has dug a pretty deep grave for its most successful EV. Sales of the electric hatch have not only dropped in the US; the Leaf is also having a tough time abroad.
Perhaps the automaker intends to see how deep it could go before hitting rock bottom in the plug-in market, given that it has decided to offer only one battery option for the Leaf going into 2017.
And the sole option isn’t an improved one. It’s merely the 30kWh pack that’s good for only 107 miles of range, a far cry to what its intended rivals offer. Even those who were previously inferior are starting to be better equipped than the 2017 Leaf.
If that’s not bad enough to drive the Leaf’s sales even lower, perhaps a breakdown of its value according to range would paint a clearer picture.
According to InsideEVs, the 30kWh Leaf costs $287 per mile of EPA estimated range. That’s cheaper when compared to the Model S 75 at $299 per mile, Model S 90D at $304 per mile, Model S 75D at $307 per mile, and the BMW i3 at $382 per mile.
But the catch is that Tesla and BMW sell premium vehicles, so that’s really an unfair comparison. It would be more proper to compare the Leaf within its price range, which is basically against the likes of the Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Bolt.
And guess what – they’re considerably cheaper than the Leaf in terms of range-based value. The Bolt is basically superior to all others in the plug-in market with a cost of only $154 per mile, while the Focus Electric costs $253 per mile of all-electric range.
And that’s not even looking at price per mile after factoring in federal tax credits.
On face value, the Leaf may be the more tempting option compared to the Chevy Bolt as it retails for roughly $5,000 less, but in terms of value there’s no way in hell that Nissan could claim that the Leaf can stand up to the Bolt.