No one really knows why Nissan has refused to upgrade the Leaf for 2017, but this passive stance by the automaker has caused its best-selling EV to decline in sales charts all over the world, though it still retains its status as best-seller.
Well, maybe not in Europe. For the first ten months of this year, the Leaf has turned up second to the Renault Zoe which has once again taken top spot in BEV sales for the region.
The smaller electric hatch managed to rack up 17,060 sales in the Old Continent, which puts it ahead of the Leaf which stands at 15,791 sales in the same period, according to Green Car Reports.
At third sits the Tesla Model S with 10,293 sales, though the figure is based on registration data instead of actual sales given that Tesla doesn’t release its sales data by month.
For 2017, the Zoe would surely extend its sales lead with its new 41kWh battery pack worth up to 250 miles of range (optimistically), on top of the fact that it’s comparatively much cheaper than its sales rivals as a subcompact hatch.
If the pricier and larger Nissan Leaf were to adopt the same 41kWh pack, it may not be able to manage as much range, but it would surely beat the Model S in sales volume by a considerably wider margin. After all, it has been able to do so with only 30kWh good for a total of 107 miles.
The introduction of the 100kWh battery option for the Model S makes the electric sedan more conspicuous to the public eye, but an increase in popularity doesn’t necessarily entail significant a sales boost, especially when it involves much steeper pricing.
But because the Leaf is going to be stagnant with its 30kWh battery, chances are the hatch would slip from second to third in Europe next year. Offering the new e-Power PHEV drivetrain would certainly help the Leaf’s cause, but Nissan is unmoved on that front as well.