It is really quite an unknown fact why Nissan had opted to forego any upgrades to the Leaf for its 2017 version. Despite still maintaining its best-seller status, this move has led the automaker’s top-selling EV to reduce in its sales figure globally.
This, of course, doesn’t take Europe into account. The first ten months of 2016 saw the Leaf taking the second place after the Renault Zoe. The latter has yet again nabbed the top spot in the BEV sales for that particular region.
The Renault Zoe, in spite of being smaller, had successfully garnered 17,060 sales in the Old Continent, placing it right above the Leaf with its 15,791 total sales, based on Green Car Reports.
The Tesla Model S comes in at third place with a total amount of sales of 10,293. However, keep in mind that this figure is based on registration data rather than actual sales since Tesla has yet to disclose its sales data by month.
Next year, the Zoe would definitely increase in its sales lead, all thanks to its new 41kWh battery unit providing over 250 miles of range. Besides that, it is also much cheaper than its sales competitors as a subcompact hatch.
Let’s say if the pricier and bigger Nissan Leaf were to be fitted with the same 41kWh unit, it may not be able to handle that much of range, however, it could possibly surpass the Model S in its sales figure by a significantly larger margin. This is especially since it has been able to do it even with only 30kWh unit worth 107 miles.
Equipping the Model S with the 100kWh battery unit would surely make the electric sedan seem more appealing, but that does not exactly guarantee a higher sales figure. And, a more expensive price tag wouldn’t be helping it in any way.
Seeing that the Leaf will be retaining its 30kWh battery, it’s likely that the hatch would fall from second to third place in Europe in 2017. Maybe offering the new e-Power PHEV drivetrain would aid the Leaf, but it looks like Nissan isn’t interested in that, for now.