As we journey further into 2017, it’s hard to turn a blind eye to the fact that the Nissan Leaf is slowly losing its appeal to the masses. Although it is Nissan’s most successful electric vehicle, the Leaf has been going down a slippery slope in the United States as well as in the global markets.
Could it be that Nissan was merely experimenting with the Leaf to see how far it could go prior to hitting rock bottom in the plug-in market? Well, it’s hard to refute this considering that the automaker had only offered one battery option for the 2017 model.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, this battery unit isn’t even an improved version. It is the 30kWh unit that’s capable of 107 miles of range which is way below what its rivals are currently offering. Models that were previously below the Leaf has now surpassed it, in terms of being better equipped.
Judging its value according to range, the 30kWh Leaf demands $287 per mile of EPA estimated range. This is way cheaper than the Model S as well as the BMW i3 as the Model S 75 costs $299 per mile, $304 for the Model S 90D, $307 for the Model S 75D whereas the BMW i3 costs $382 per mile.
But Tesla and BMW are in the premium range thus it would only be acceptable to compare the Leaf against something within its price range, like the Ford Focus Electric and Chevy Bolt.
However, it appears that both these models are significantly cheaper compared to the Leaf when it comes to range-based value. The Bolt sits at the top of all plug-ins with $154 per mile while the Focus Electric costs $253 per mile of all-electric range.
And, that’s even before factoring in federal tax credits. So, expect to see way cheaper numbers!
Although the Nissan Leaf may look like the better option compared to the Chevrolet Bolt, especially since its priced $5,000 less but when you take values into account, the Leaf doesn’t seem to stand a chance against the Bolt.