It’s undeniable that the Nissan Leaf is slowly losing its appeal to consumers. It may have been Nissan’s most successful EV thus far but recent reports have revealed that its sales numbers have been going down a slippery slope in the US as well as in the global market.
It could have been that Nissan was probably using the Leaf as a test to see how far it could go before reaching its end in the plug-in market. This is mainly because the automaker had launched the model with only one battery option for the 2017 Leaf.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the sole battery choice was not even an upgraded version. Nissan had went with the 30kWh unit which can only make 107 miles of range, marking quite a huge difference from what its rivals are currently offering. It even seems that vehicles which were below the Leaf are no way better equipped that it.
If you compare its value based on range, the 30kWh Leaf costs $287 per mile of EPA estimated range, which is far below the Model S and the BMW i3. The Model S 75 is priced at $299 per mile, the Model S 90D at$304, the Model S 75D at $307 whereas the BMW i3 is priced at $382 per mile.
Having said that, Tesla and BMW produce premium models so it does not seem very apt to compare it to the Leaf. It would be better to put the Leaf next to something inside its price field, like the Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Bolt.
But even in range-based value, the Leaf still comes out as the priciest as the Bolt, the top of all other plug-ins, sits at $154 per mile while the Focus Electric is $253 per mile of all-electric range. These quoted figures are before counting in federal tax credits so expect to see even lower numbers.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf may look like the better option than the Chevy Bolt as it is $5,000 cheaper but consider its value and you’ll see that it is quite impossible for Leaf to ever surpass the Bolt.