All Nissan news from October 2018 – September 2019

I used to write a weekly news round-up each week on the old site. I have since stopped doing this, but the below sums up all the Nissan-related news from October 2018 to September 2019:

  • Monday 16th September: Electrive have given a brief sneak preview of its first all-electric crossover SUV, due in late 2021. This five seater will have a short bonnet and a range of “intelligent mobility” technologies to try and transform how people interact with their car. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 19th August: EV sales for Norway – Europe’s biggest EV seller (per capita) – are out for July 2019. All-electric sales were 38% of the overall market, with sales up 52% year on year (but plug-in hybrids – PHEVs – seeing a -35% fall in sales). The Nissan Leaf was the best seller with 584 sales, with the Model 3 down in fourth place with 308 sales. (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 6th August: EV sales data shows the top 5 electric cars sold to date: the Nissan Leaf still leads with 422,708 sales, not completely unexpected as it has been out for a decade. But the Tesla Model 3 – released to the mainstream just last year – is almost joint second place with 276,193 sales, a thousand sales behind the Model S. We predicted last year that the Model 3 will become the best selling EV by the end of 2020, and we still think that this is possible. In the 6 months since writing that article, the Leaf has sold 50,000 models whilst the Model 3 has sold 130,000 models – 2-3x more. If this carries on, the Model 3 could be the world’s best selling EV before the end of 2020, despite being one of the newest mass-market EVs. (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 6th August: Electrek report that Nissan and EVgo have partnered up to deploy 200 new fast DC EVSE car charging stations which will charge at 100 kW across America, which expands on the previous 2,000 charging stations they have previously helped to deliver. (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 7th August: A Peugeot brochure shows off the upcoming e-208 range which is due in early 2020 and it has fairly good prices (almost like we really are on the tip of an electric car revolution!): starting at £25,050 ($30,400) with an estimated 211 mile (340 km) range. This undercuts the Nissan Leaf by £6,000 and it will be one of the cheapest family-friendly (i.e. non-two seater!) fully electric cars available in the UK. (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 18th June: Concerns about EV batteries possibly being hard to recycle might not be necessary, according to Green Car Report’s article which says that Nissan Leaf batteries are lasting longer than expected. Once their capacity is no longer big enough for effective use within a car (which might be 8-10+ years, a fair amount of time), they can be fairly easily recycled in a few different ways. (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 19th June: Japan EV Sales data for May 2019 has been released and it is not positive reading: the car market is depressed and this is hitting green car sales too, with a fall of -16% compared to May 2018. The Nissan Leaf was the best seller with almost 47% of green car sales. (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 19th June: Inside EVs report that the Nissan Leaf e+ – the longer-range model of the Leaf (with up to 239 miles/385km of WLTP-rated range) – is now on sale throughout European dealers, at a price of around $10,000 more than the normal range model. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 6th June: Green Car Reports report that the Fiat Chrysler merger with Renault is now off, after opposition from Nissan (who would have been a partner in Japan). The deal also fell apart after opposition from the French Government, due to union concerns. (Original news from 2019)
  • Saturday 27th April: News from German news site Elektroauto mentions that 150,000 BMW i3s have been produced since their launch six years ago. Whilst this lags far behind the Nissan Leaf or Tesla, it is still a good level of sales for a more niche EV. (Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 8th March: The Nissan Leaf has just sold its 400,000 car Worldwide – a great feat for the best selling car ever. This comes on the back of the Nissan Leaf Plus (long range model) going on sale, whilst the Tesla Model 3 is selling strongly with around 215,000 sold so far. Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive VP, said: “This milestone is a powerful statement that 400,000 customers and counting, value the Nissan LEAF for the excitement, confidence and connection it delivers.”. The leaf has been on sale since 2010, leading to just under 40,000 sales each year (on average) so far. We do think that the Model 3 will overtake the Leaf (in terms of overall sales) in the next 2-3 years, but it is nonetheless good to see the iconic Leaf selling so well over the past decade. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 25th February: Chinese green car manufacturers are continuing to try and expand into the US market, with Kandi getting approval from the federal government to import two of their EVs in the next few years. Their tiny two-seater K22 and the bigger (but still small!) give seater SUV EX3 will be introduced to the US market under a co-op project with Geely. The ranges vary from 75 miles (120 km) for the K22 up to 188 miles (303 km) for the EX3, with prices being $18,995 and $29,995 respectively. It will be interesting to see if the EX3 can compete with the Nissan Leaf, considering the EX3 is thousands of dollars cheaper (albeit it has less overall horsepower). (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 28th February: Today was Tesla’s day! A few days after Elon Musk’s tweets (mentioned at the start), Tesla stopped taking orders on any of their cars on Thursday morning – announcing that something will come “soon” at 2pm (California time). Speculation was rife, and Electrek broke the news 20 minutes early: saying that the Model 3 is finally being released at the $35,000 level. This is an important price point, first mooted by Musk in 2016. It allows the Model 3 to be cheaper than many of its gasoline-based rivals, including the more expensive Audi A4 and BMW 3-series. Such cheap pricing also means the Model 3 is now cheaper than the long-range Nissan Leaf Plus model (which is almost $38,000)! Pulling off this price point has been “excruciating” according to Musk, and they will be doing this partly by closing many of their dealerships and instead moving to an online-only sales model via their configurator tool. They will also be aiming to improve servicing and repairs, with them coming to you – instead of you driving to the dealers. All of this is actually more convenient, and it also allows Tesla to cut costs and deliver a truly well-priced Model 3. (Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 1st March: As hinted at above, the price of the new long-range Nissan Leaf Plus has been released. This 226 mile (364 km) Leaf will sell for $37,445 including destination fees: a $7,360 premium over the cheaper base 2019 Leaf model with 150 miles (241 km) of range. Nissan still has its full $7,500 federal tax credit in America, compared to Tesla’s $3,750 tax credit rate, meaning that the Leaf Plus will be temporarily cheaper than the newly-priced Model 3. But the key here is temporarily: the tax credit will fall for Nissan in the coming months and years (when they sell 70,000 more vehicles). (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 20th February: Autoblog have been given the chance to ride the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC, their 2021 EV crossover SUV. The EQC’s motors run with 402 horsepower and it has an all-wheel-drive due to electric motors on each wheel (similar to Nissan’s concept of in-wheel motors). The car does 0-62 mph (0-100 kmh) in 5.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 112 mph (180 km). Despite being billed as a “2021 model”, it should be with dealers in the second half of next year. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 28th January: European green car sales data for Dececember 2018 has now been released, with 40,000 green car sales being a 23% increase over December 2017. Overall the EU saw 33% more green car sales in 2018 compared to 2017, and green car sales had a 2.5% market share when compared to gasoline based car sales. As with other country’s sales data, however, the EU also seen a big shift away from PHEVs and towards BEVs: with all-electric cars getting 66% of sales in December 2018, a far cry from previous months and years which saw more PHEV sales. The Nissan Leaf was 2018’s best selling European car, with 40,609 sales compared to 38,538 Renault Zoe sales. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 31st January: the final global 2018 green car sales data is in and it is yet-more positive reading for the green car industry. PHEV and BEV sales grew 70% in December 2018 compared to December 2017, with 286,000 sales in December leading to over two million green car sales throughout the world in 2018. The Tesla Model 3 was the biggest seller of the year, with 145,846 sales, compared to the Chinese BAIC EC-Series’ 90,637 sales and the Nissan Leaf’s 87,149 sales. The Tesla Model S and X were then fourth and fifth best selers, meaning that Tesla had 3 out of 5 of the top spots through the world in 2018 (despite mainly just selling to America and Canada)! (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 24th January: Dyson, the UK vacuum cleaner market leader who is working on an electric car, have taken another big step towards solidifying their secretive EV. They have announced the hiring of Roland Krueger, who used to be Infiniti’s President (Infiniti being Nissan’s luxury brand which is working on moving their whole range to electric and hybrid power). Krueger will head up Dyson’s automotive operations, as they aim to produce up to three models of electric cars by 2021. Dyson will be producing their EVs “from the ground up”, and they will initially harness Dyson’s massive amounts of experience with Lithium-ion batteries before eventually moving to use solid-state batteries. Dyson will be producing their EVs in Singapore, which is where they are also moving their HQ too (from the UK). (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 8th January: Nissan have announced information on their premium Leaf model, dubbed the Leaf Plus or Lead e+. It has an expected range of 226 miles (364 km), up from 150 miles for the base Nissan Leaf model. It’s also faster, with a 215 horsepower motor (up from the standard Leaf’s 147 horsepower motor). Acceleration is meant to be 13% quicker, and the top speed should be 10% higher. Charging should also be faster, with support for up to 100 kW CHAdeMO-based rapid DC charging rates which should allow for 40 minutes from 0-80% SoC. (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 26th December: European electric car sales have continued to grow strongly in November 2018, with 31% growth compared to November 2017. Looking beyond the headline statistics, however, PHEV sales have fallen a fair amount – with BEV sales rising quite a lot. Unlike in previous years, just one of the top five models is a PHEV (the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV) – the rest (Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and the VW eGolf) are all EVs. (Original news from 2018)
  • Friday 28th December: Worldwide sales data seen 237,000 green cars registered in November 2018 – up 73% compared to November 2017. The Tesla model 3 was the best selling car Worldwide, with 19,255 sales in November 2018 (120,836 in 2018 so far). The Japanese Nissan Leaf sold 8,276 in November (82,676 in 2018), whilst the Chinese BAIC EC-Series car sold 14,205 in November (82,230 in 2018). (Original news from 2018)
  • Thursday 8th November: Volkswagen, the Germany car manufacturer, has said that its new range of plug-in electric cars (launching in late 2019) will have a base price of just €18,000 ($21,000). This is cheaper than industry experts had expected, and would place it at a similar price to the gasoline-powered Volkswagen Golf, and much cheaper than the Nissan Leaf. (Original news from 2018)

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