From being one of the most sought after electrics, the Nissan Leaf has taken a tumble for the worse in recent months, though signs of this descent were already evident late last year when the 2016 model was just released.
It is not among the bottom in the plug-in sales chart, of course, but the Leaf has fallen from its lofty former position.
The hatch has slumped to fourth behind the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Fusion Energi.
Chances are when the numbers for May are posted next month the EV would have dropped to fifth, overtaken by the Tesla Model X. There is no doubting the failure of the 2016 Leaf, but it could be of the positive variety, something like the calm before a storm.
Setting Up For Success
Its dwindling popularity with current EV shoppers may have an explanation or two, which gives it hope and offers cause for new rival Chevrolet Bolt to be concerned.
Clean Technica discovered via a poll done right before the reveal of the Tesla Model 3 that while the 2017 Tesla sedan was the most preferred among all upcoming EVs in the market with over 55 percent of votes, the 2017 Leaf was second with almost 33 percent.
The results show that among EV fans, the future hatch has more favor compared to the Tesla Model S, Model X, Chevy Volt, and Chevy Bolt. People are holding off buying the current model because of the promise of a much greater second-gen one.
Apart from an entirely new design, the Leaf would also be equipped with semi-autonomous driving technology for the first time and offer twice the amount of range it currently achieves.
Cost would surely have something to do with many buyers’ decision to keep away from the present Leaf model. The second-hand value of any model of the EV is usually too low for anyone to be encouraged to get it first-hand, and it’s already quite bad with every new yearly model of the first-gen Leaf.
The move from one generation to the next would cause the 2016 model to have little to no value left, especially when the next-gen model offers double the range at over 200 miles.
So it could be argued that the dramatic dip in sales for the 2016 Nissan Leaf is down to the fact that EV shoppers are eagerly waiting on the second-gen 2017 model. Is it a success, and consequently a comeback, waiting to happen for the signature all-electric Nissan?