The era of the Nissan LEAF – the first all-electric compact mainstream model originally introduced in 2010 – is coming to an end.
According to an interesting Car news article, based on an unofficial source, the Nissan LEAF will be phased out.
Production of LEAF (currently in three locations: in Japan, in the US and in the UK) is expected to be completed by the middle of the decade, the source said. As we are already in the middle of 2022, that means at best just a few more years.
There is no next generation of LEAF on the table, but rather a completely new replacement model.
Car news noted that the Nissan representative does not want to speculate on the rumor, but we would not be surprised if that is true.
In fact, in the case of the Sunderland plant in the UK, we already know that there is a new electric crossover in the pipeline, based on the CMF-EV platform. It will be produced instead of LEAF from around 2025.
The Nissan LEAF was a groundbreaking model, but it did not live up to the expectations of Nissan’s former CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Nissan started early and invested massively in all-electric cars, including three production sites, internal battery production (through a joint venture with NEC). The company hoped to introduce 4 models in total and achieve mass scale.
Unfortunately, sales were an order of magnitude weaker than expected. The factory in Smyrna, Tennessee alone was expected to produce 150,000 units and 200,000 battery packs. But even in its best year (2014), Nissan sold only 30,200 units in the United States. Today, LEAF’s annual sales are less than half that.
Nissan scrapped some of the plans and additional models (besides the Nissan e-NV200). Now it looks like the LEAF will only exist side by side with the Nissan Ariya until the all-new BEV models rise.
By 2030, Nissan would like to expand its range to 15 fully electric cars (23 electrified). In the US, 40% of sales of new Nissan are expected to be BEVs by 2030.
Although the Nissan Ariya is a different model, we do not know which other new model can replace the LEAF. An example of the successor might be the Nissan Chill-Out concept, shown in late 2021 (among a few other types).
Nissan Chill-out concept