Nissan released its December and 2015 sales reports for the U.S. and LEAF sales are down 42.8% in 2015 versus 2014. Until December, the company had the excuse of the upcoming 2016 models, which were affecting sales negatively, but the new cars arrived at dealerships last month and December was still a very disappointing month for Nissan’s all-electric vehicle.
The company sold 1,347 LEAFs in the US in December versus 3,102 during the same period in 2014, which represent a 56.6% decrease in sales.
In 2015, Nissan delivered 17,269 LEAFs – 42.8% less than the 30,200 it sold in the US in 2014.
The new 30 kWh battery pack option for the 2016 models is standard on the LEAF SV and LEAF SL models which starts at $34,200 and $36,790 respectively. Nissan also still offers the 24 kWh pack option on the LEAF S, which starts at $29,010.
The 30 kWh pack gets 107 EPA-rated miles on a single charge, which is interesting at the price point. We will follow LEAF sales in the coming months and see if Nissan can leave behind the sales performance of 2015 as 2016 models ramp up.