Saturday, December 10, 2022
News Nissan will Abandon the Leaf

Nissan will Abandon the Leaf

The Nissan Leaf will be replaced by a new model once its current generation reaches the end of its product cycle.

The Nissan Leaf will not get a third generation, according to sources interviewed by the Automotive News website. The article published on the web states that the electric car will eventually be removed from the lineup to be replaced by another electric vehicle more in line with motorists’ needs. One might think of the Chill-Out prototype unveiled in 2021, the coupe crossover that came in a much more modern form than the city car in service in that form since the 2018 model year.

Admittedly, the Nissan Leaf is an important car in the democratization of the electric car, but its impact will not have been as important as Tesla’s contribution with the Model S and the other cars of the American brand. Unveiled in 2010, the Nissan Leaf became the first affordable mass-market electric car, the car that had a theoretical range of about 117 km, but it was not until 2015 when the manufacturer gave the car a battery with a capacity of 30 kWh, giving it 135 km of possible distance between recharges.

The second generation of the model, however, has changed the game, Nissan, which already had to deal with rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt or the Hyundai Kona electric, not to mention the offensive from Tesla. The 243 km range of the base version and the possible 363 km range of the version equipped with a 62 kWh battery allowed Nissan to go after a clientele that was reluctant to go electric, but the problem was that the competition swelled at an almost unstoppable pace, while Nissan was content with the Leaf as the only electric offering.

Fortunately, the upcoming arrival of the Ariya crossover should bring consumers back into the brand’s showrooms, but there’s still a long way to go before it will return to the forefront of electric cars.

When the Smyrna, Tennessee, plant opened, the production capacity of the facility was 150,000 cars and 200,000 battery modules. Unfortunately for the automaker, the number of Leafs sold in the U.S. has only surpassed 175,000, while in Canada, less than 20,000 have been sold.

One thing is for sure, things are changing fast in the electric car market.

Trending Now

Mazda UK Takes MX-5 on Weeklong Racetrack Roadtrip to Showcase Greener Fuels

Car made complete trip using fuels made from sustainable sources Mazda investigating alternative fuel sources to lower emissions How do you make a Mazda...

Is Rivian Build Quality Dropping?

According to a detailer, panel fit has gotten worse. Rivian is ramping up production and it looks as though corners are being cut. Assembling...

Lexus has Now Confirmed it is Working on a Manual Transmission for Electric Vehicles

The company says this transmission will be used in its upcoming electric sports car. Since it is software-based, different driving characteristics could be...

Video: Hyundai shows the future of N

The motorsport division is trying to improve handling with its future N branded cars. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will be the brand's...

2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Hybrid Configurator Leaked

This confirms many things about the once-rumoured hybrid Corvette. One is the name. Two, it’s not a plug-in hybrid. This could be considered a...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.