It’s becoming more evident that Nissan has pushed the Nissan Leaf further down, despite being its most successful EV to date. Recent reports have revealed that the sales of the electric hatch has reduced both in the US, as well as, in the global market.
Maybe the automaker was trying to see how far could it go before reaching rock bottom in the plug-in segment, especially since it had decided to go with only one battery option for the 2017 Leaf.
To make things worse, the only battery option wasn’t even an enhanced version. It is still the same 30kWh which is worth 107 miles of range, which is way below what its rivals are offering. As if that wasn’t enough to scar the brand, models who were previously lower than the Leaf has now surpassed it, in terms of range.
InsideEVs reported that the 30kWh Leaf costs $287 per mile of EPA estimated range, which is cheaper when it is compared to the Model S 75, $299 per mile, the Model S 90D, $304 per mile, the Model S 75D, $307 per mile and the BMW i3 at $382 per mile.
However, seeing that Tesla and BMW are premium models, it makes that a really unfair comparison. It would be better to compare the Leaf against models in its price range, such as the Ford Focus Electric and the Chevy Bolt.
And, it looks like they are all cheaper than the Leaf when it comes to range-based figures. The Bolt sits at the top with its $154 per mile whereas the Focus Electric is &253 per mile of all-electric range.
Keep in mind that these figures are prior to calculating the federal price cuts. So, at first view, the Leaf may seem like the better option than the Chevy Bolt as it is priced at about $5,000 less. But, when you look at the value perspective, Nissan has absolutely no right to claim that the Leaf could beat the Bolt.