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.