It’s becoming pretty evident that Nissan is failing with its once most successful EV. The sales of the electric hatch have been dwindling in the United States as well as internationally.
We don’t know what the automaker’s intentions are but maybe they’re trying to see how far it could go before it hits rock bottom in the plug-in segment. This is backed up with the fact that Nissan had went with offering only one battery choice for the 2017 Leaf.
To make things worse, the one and only option isn’t exactly the best one around. Nissan had fitted a 30kWh battery unit worth 107 miles of range which is far behind what its competitors are offering. The models which were below the Leaf is now becoming even better equipped, successfully surpassing the Leaf.
However, InsideEVs reported that the 30kWh Leaf would rake in $287 per mile of EPA estimated range. This is cheaper than the ModelS 75’s $299 per mile, Model S 90D’s $304 per mile, and Model S 75 D’s $307 per mile and the BMW i3’s $382 per mile.
But, if you really think about it, Tesla and BMW sell premium models so it can’t be a very fair comparison. It would be best to compare the Leaf to models that sit in its price range such as the Ford Focus Electric and the Chevrolet Bolt.
Even within its price range, its competitors seem to be cheaper than the Leaf in regards to range-based value. The Bolt sits at the top of the list in the plug-in market with its $154 per mile whereas the Focus Electric costs $253 per mile of all-electric range.
That is even before adding in the federal tax price cuts!
On surface level, the Leaf may look like the better alternative to the Chevy Bolt as it is priced at about $5,000 less but it seems impossible for the Lead to stand up to the Bolt when it comes to terms of values.