As time passes, it’s becoming more apparent that the Nissan Leaf is losing its appeal. Despite being Nissan’s most successful EV, the Leaf have been dwindling in the US, in terms of sales, as well as in international markets.
Maybe Nissan was experimenting with the Leaf to see how far it could go before it reached its lowest point in the plug-in market, especially since the automaker had only offered one battery choice for the 2017 Leaf.
To make matters worse, this battery isn’t even a better version. It is only the 30kWh unit which is worth merely 107 miles of range, striking a huge gap between what its competitors are offering. There is also a paradigm shift occurring as vehicles who were below the Leaf is now better equipped.
When you consider its value according to range, the 30kWh Leaf costs $287 per mile of EPA estimated range which is cheaper than the Model S and the BMW i3. The Model S 75 costs $299 per mile, Model S 90D costs $304, Model S 75D costs $307 while the BMW i3 is at $382 per mile.
However, we can’t ignore that Tesla and BMW sell premium models so it would be more appropriate to compare the Leaf to something inside its price range, such as the Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Bolt.
But, lo and behold, both these models are cheaper than the Leaf when it comes to range-based value, too! The Bolt is essentially the top among all other plug-ins with its $154 per mile whereas the Focus Electric is at $253 per mile of all-electric range.
And if you count in federal tax credits, you’ll be looking at even cheaper figures.
The Leaf may seem like a better option than the Chevy Bolt as it comes with a $5,000 less price tag but when you factor in values, it is impossible that the Leaf would ever be able to beat the Bolt.