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Why do some consumers who want an electric car not go forward with the purchase? Surveys consistently indicate that cost is the prohibitive factor. But what if you could buy a capable battery-powered car—one with plenty of driving range for nearly all your commuting needs—for less than $10,000? That’s highly possible if you consider buying a five-year-old electric car.
When sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF peaked above 30,000 units in 2014, it appeared the Japanese automaker made a smart early bet on EVs. Unfortunately, the number of new takers of the LEAF has steadily declined since then. It could be a make-or-break year for the Nissan LEAF in 2017.
Infiniti told PluginCars.com in 2014 that its plans for an all-electric car were “delayed indefinitely.” Well, it appears that the indefinite period could soon come to end—as the luxury brand considers producing an EV primarily for China’s growing auto market. Bloomberg reported last week that Infiniti is internally discussing the right timing for introducing an electric car in China.
Despite acknowledgements that a long-range LEAF is being developed, details remain scarce. What has been acknowledged by Ghosn is that Nissan will make a plug-in hybrid, with a system that resembles the gas-electric series hybrid architecture of the Chevy Volt.
The 2016 Nissan LEAF will be available with a larger battery pack for added range, compared to previous model years. The LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle of all time, but will face fierce competition from upcoming EVs promising about 200 miles of driving range.
Nissan has been talking about a lineup of electric cars from soon after the time the company introduced the LEAF compact electric car. Now, UK’s Autocar is reporting that Nissan executives are openly talking about additional variants of the LEAF.
Just in time for Earth Day, when media outlets are thirsty for stories about the environment, Edmunds.com released data suggesting that electric car owners are ditching their battery-powered vehicles for gas-guzzling SUVs.
With the recently unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car—and quick replies from Nissan and Tesla—the race for an affordable long-range electric car reached a new level of competition. All three companies are targeting 200 miles on a single charge, thus establishing a new industry-wide target for a relatively affordable vehicle running solely on batteries.
More than 150,000 units have been sold since this time four years ago when the small Nissan EV first went on sale in the United States. But four to five years is the common lifecycle span of most automotive models—so with the new year approaching—we’re thinking about the second-generation LEAF.
Time flies, and believe it or not, the pioneering all-electric Nissan LEAF has been on the market for four years. Most vehicle models receive a design overhaul about every four or five years, so speculation that the LEAF will be transformed for 2015 is not unwarranted. Sorry, but the hearsay appears to be incorrect—major tech upgrades or visual remakes won’t be coming until 2016 or later.