tattoogunman wrote:Nissan has sold more electric cars than any other auto maker to date, so I'm not so sure about that.
To what date ?
Worldwide, LEAF sales peaked in 2014 and have been 40k - 50k a year through 2017. I'm not sure about 2018. All told, 350k sounds ballpark.
Nowadays Tesla sells about 30k a *month* and is ramping up very quickly. In June Tesla sold its 200,000th in the US. I have read that the US accounts for ~ 1/2 of sales.
So I'll guess that Nissan is 2nd to Tesla and falling further behind by the day as Tesla ramps and LEAF sales fall off a cliff everywhere but Europe, the latter in grave risk once Tesla Model 3 is available in that market. I won't be at all surprised to read that worldwide LEAF sales are plateauing at 2k a month by the end of the year.
Does that sound like a has been to you ? It sure does to me.
Can Nissan jump back in to the ring of front runners with a model that does not suck ? Sure, but it will probably require major R&D to the car, to the battery chemistry, and massive investment in battery production. The only message I heard coming out of Nissan corporate recently is that they want to play in the not too expensive but crap EV arena. That sounds consistent with 2,000 cars a month sales worldwide.