Nissan Leaf sales recover in May

Nissan Leaf sales in Japan by May, 2018

Last month, Nissan Leaf sales recovered in two important markets. In Japan they increased from 874 (April) to 1.765 (May), while in the USA they increased from 1.171 (April) to 1.576 (May).

Nonetheless, in Norway, registrations continue to drop, with the 1.211 Nissan Leaf units registered in April dropping to only 830 in May. In here, Nissan Leaf risks losing its leadership status again to the Volkswagen e-Golf in the following months.

In the other two important markets for electric cars, France and Germany, the Renault Zoe continues to be the best selling electric car. In part, because in these two countries public 22 kW EVSEs are everywhere and the on-board Chameleon charger of the Zoe is a great advantage over the competition – that has to rely on expensive and scarse DC fast chargers.


Anyway, it was the Tesla Model 3 that shined last month with 6.250 estimated sales – in the USA only – and this is just the beginning. In the following months, legacy automakers will be ridiculed with their laughable sales figures for zero emission cars. Even Nissan and Renault that we now praise for the effort will look sloppy.



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  1. With a backlog of 4-6 month production, I think we can better view Europe as a single market.
    All differences should be explainable with distribution and logistics priorities by Nissan.
    But if the total European deliveries are significantly below max output of factory, that is a red flag.

  2. I’m sorry Pedro. This time we’ll have to disagree. There is absolutely nothing ridiculous in selling a 29.150 Euro car. When will the 3 be available in Portugal at that price? Yeah, wake me up then. You know my name. It’s Ricardo, the sleeping beauty.

    1. Hey Ricardo,
      Pedro just meant that the difference in sales will be huge when comparing the Model 3 with other electric cars. That doesn’t mean the other electric cars are of no value, it just means the Model 3 will sell much more in the following months.

      1. Well yeah. After all, they did sell some 100/200000 in 2017 right? In 2018, the sky is the limit. Sorry, Mars is the limit, or the sun, or never ending space. Well, something.

  3. Well the Model 3 will be double the price of any Renault or Leaf. the 30 k car promised to us is currently sold at 60 k in the US. i don’t care about the long range B.S as it is a strategic move from Tesla to beef up their income.
    Here you can get a 2 year from new from the Renault or Nissan dealer with still 2 year warranty on the car for as little as 10k come on man. don’t try to tell us about outselling this as the model S the cheapest one you can find from used inventory is 45k minimum and good luck if you can find one at that price. the Model 3 will not come to the U.K before 2020 so you know i will stick with Renault or Nissan for the moment so chew on this mate!!!!!!

  4. How low will Nissan go on lease rates in 2019? They had the old Leaf at 2495 SEK/month in 2017 (incl VAT), which was similar to a base ICE Qashqai. Now it’s 3995 SEK/month. Drop it back to the old level and sales will explode. I’m starting to see a few new Leafs around here, despite the six month delivery time.

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