2018 Nissan Leaf sales in Japan remain strong

Nissan Leaf sales in Japan by February 2018

More than 15.335 units of the Nissan Leaf were already sold in Japan since the debut of the new generation in October last year.


In February 3.720 Nissan Leafs were sold in Japan and it seems that monthly sales in 2018 have finally stabilized around this figure.

However, outside Japan we still don’t know how high can monthly sales go. Nonetheless, with already more than 19.000 orders in Europe and 13.000 in the United States of America it’s clear that the decentralized production strategy for the Nissan Leaf pays off.

The Nissan Leaf might not be the best electric car, but at least customers don’t have to wait an eternity to get it.

Even with the much better 2019 Nissan Leaf just around the corner, people are buying the 2018 model year. For anyone that wants an electric car now, it doesn’t matter how great future electric cars will be.


The success of the 2018 Nissan Leaf proves that many people want electric cars now. They don’t have to be perfect, the 2018 Nissan Leaf clearly isn’t.

However, unlike the outgoing model, the new Nissan Leaf is now a good looking car, with decent range and plenty of safety features. All these characteristics combined with shorter delivery times make this electric car better positioned than the alternatives to become the best selling electric car in 2018.


Thanks for the head ups Michał.



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  1. If the upper production limit of the Nissan plant in Oppama is still at about 4200/month, they are just near full steam.

    1. I wonder what the production capacity is for the other two plants (US and UK) – they could conceivably produce upwards of 12,000/month globally if this kind of demand keeps up.

    2. Wikipedia states that on March 2013 nissan had installed capacity of 50k/yr in Japan, same in UK and 150k/y in US. So up to 20k/monthly globally. But actually Europe and Japan is where the most of demand is going to be – i think. But over 10k monthly should be pretty easy to achieve. 12k would need nice demand distribution between those locations. And almost no hickups in production.

  2. I think they should have switch to CCS from CHAdeMO in Europe.

    1. I think they kept the Chademo because pf 2 reasons:
      1) It is Japanese standard for fast charging (they have it in all continent models I think)
      2) Because of the Chademo V2G (bi-directional energy flow) which believe is a “key point” on nissan eletric strategy…

    2. 1) Yes, I am aware of that, but in Europe CCS is the standard and in the future we will see more CCS and faster CCS and less CHAdeMO. 150kW CCS are being build, I haven’t heard of new and faster CHAdeMO.
      2) Bi-directional energy flow? CHAdeMO is DC fast charging just like CCS, you connect your car to CHAdeMO in order to charge it quickly on the go and not to discharge your car. If you would want to allow discharging your car you would use Type 1 or Type 2.

    3. Hi Lars,

      Regarding the V2G i read in Portuguese website “Nissan é a primeira marca a levá-lo à prática, por ter a sua ficha de carregamento rápido (denominada Chademo) com capacidade bidireccional.” which roughly translated confirms that the V2G will use the Chademo port for bidirectional energy flow. This was extracted of the below website: http://www.aquelamaquina.pt/noticias/actualidade/detalhe/outra-forma-de-ver-o-automovel-electrico-o-nissan-leaf-como-gerador-domestico.html

  3. “The Nissan Leaf might not be the best electric car, but at least customers don’t have to wait an eternity to get it.” Or pay an absurd price for it.

  4. Well… I am waiting for a Leaf in Europe (Portugal) since October (first New car and first EV)…. It is not Tesla delivery time…but is already a big waiting time in my view…

    And with so other options around the corner (Hyundai Kauai/Kona, Kia Niro, hyundai ioniq 40?, nissan leaf 60 2019), i.e. in near future, and with NO information from nissan dealers (at least in Portugal) when cars will be in fact delivered… is is really a “tough call” to continue waiting for the leaf 40kwh 2018 or plan ahead for “2019” models mentioned above

    1. same in Germany, very few cars have been delivered. my car has already been produced and is waiting in some storage since beginning of february(!) but no info on delivery date. really pissed…

    2. Some say it could even get worse if UK ends with a hard Brexit in a year. I know Nissan could switch production to the a Spanish plant with some equipment, logistics, and supply chain “hassles”, or even in The Netherlands, but I don’t think that would happen for a niche EV item.

    3. Yes, believe delays in delivery everywhere in Europe (france and Spain also confirmed) except in UK 🙁

      Regarding Brexit… that was a thought of mine when confirmed order – hope I do not have to pay more on taxes otherwise definitely will consider other options

    4. Yeah, if you’re a little frustrated it’s easy to understand. But it really is much worse with most other EVs these days. The e-Golf, although people are ordering the version that’s been on the market quite some time, it’s a year’s wait now in Norway. Nissan had some hiccup that delayed production start in Europe a couple of months, and three months in the US, and sold very little outside Japan at the end of 2017 as they ran out of inventory. That indicates this wasn’t planned.

      Regardless, it’s tempting to wait. I have a 2012 LEAF that I’ve long wanted to replace with something that can go farther and maybe a bit sharper to drive. The new LEAF actually does both, but I’ll rather wait for the 2019. Or get the Kona if the pricing is right. It wait for the base Model 3 around 2025?? Joking aside, car’s are a bit like cellphones right now, obsolete and outdone less than a year into their existence. And while cellphones are expensive, it’s considerably worse having to see others get better cars for 10k less than you paid just a year later…

      Maybe you should consider getting a used EV for a year or two and then re-evaluate. You could either get another newish one then, or a brand new one if it seems like things have calmed (not likely in my estimation; the selection will increase more rapidly each year until at least 2025, I think). I’ll research used prices myself when I have to decide; even a newer 30 kWh LEAF would be a significant step up in “anxiety-free range” (where you subtract 15-20 km buffer at the bottom, regardless if you have 100 km or 200 km to begin with)… an Ioniq would be massive, but they’re impossible to get and probably expensive second hand buys for that reason.

      So much to think about…

    5. Yes, Terawatt, much to think about! I have a 2017 Leaf, which is great for most of my uses, but now I keep thinking about what’s going to be available in 2020. I’d love to have an EV that can take the family camping or transport all my art stuff to art shows, but in the meantime I’m just renting for trips like that.

      If the Niro will be able to tow a small trailer, or a 60 kWh e-nv200 gets available in Canada, or nissan’s Rumoured cuv will be available by 2020, etc.

      The first manufacturer that can produce a cr-v or rogue sized EV will have a serious advantage I think.

  5. Pedro, you brought down to the point!

  6. Finally received my 2018 leaf yesterday 9th March, after putting the deposit down in early October last year! Truly epic vehicle and will start my long term ultra high mileage vlog come tues next week if all goes to plan as it will be our first BEV taxi in the area I work in. Follow the journey at

    1. Congrats! Keep us posted.

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