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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2018, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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US sales down for July

Despite the Leaf seeing great success overseas, interest doesn't seen to nearly as high in the U.S . With only 1,149 models sold last month, sales are down 10% from the previous month. Not sure if this is due to the surge of interest in the Model 3, or if people are simply waiting on the new 60kWh model to drop.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 02:13 PM
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I think we also need to factor in that many of the governmental incentive programs are going away. A lot of initial interest in the new Leaf, was just how affordable it was with these rebates.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 03:15 PM
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From what I discovered year after year is that as we pass the 2nd Quarter of the year, car sales tend to slow, so this is natural.
But it might be influenced part by EV specific things at play.
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It will be interesting to see how Nissan prices the upcoming E Plus model as a result of these declining sales. Looks like its still doing extremely well in Europe however. I doubt there are many people cross shopping between the Leaf and Model 3. At least not until we see the base $30k model.
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I also think all these reports around battery issues in the new Leaf, have made NA consumers more wary. And if the new long range model does achieve 200+ miles then I would imagine it'll probably be priced more closely to the Bolt.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 02:32 PM
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Once car maker are able to get into cheaper segments and carbon taxes pressure them to buy EV's even more, issues like that will have to be overlooked.
The coming years could see those changes.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 08:43 AM
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Prices will continue to drop as the cost of components go down. The average cost of a battery has dropped by more than 50% over the past few years. I'm assuming that by 2020, there will be a whole bunch of cheaper entry level options.
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Both the new Kona and Niro EV's will be launching in the next couple months I think. The Kona in particular seems to be delivering a pretty impressive range for its price. Looks to be one of the better valued electrics we've seen.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-22-2018, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I think we also need to consider that most people aren't going to buy into a first generation electric. Although its great that we're seeing more options in the segment, most of the Leaf's success is a result of its well established platform.
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