It seems legit to wonder if sales of the Leaf are supply-constrained. With the competitors (Hyundai, Kia, etc) am less inclined to give the manufacturer the benefit of the doubt. I don't necessarily buy at face value if they try to say they are having trouble getting batteries, etc. Likewise, with the Bolt, while the sales from one angle may seem ok, I find it difficult to believe that Chevy is doing everything it can to increase sales.martyscholes wrote: ↑Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:34 amI have been wondering if the LEAF is supply-constrained instead of demand-constrained. We are seeing similar issues with the Kona EV which I understand is unavailable across most of the US. Perhaps Nissan intended the LEAF to be a way for the company to stay on the cutting edge of EV technology, with the sales mostly a tool to reduce net R&D costs instead of actually trying to sell many cars. Then again, I heard somewhere that new EU emission regulations set to take place Jan 1 can be offset by EV sales, and some manufacturers are stockpiling EVs and orders so that they can use them in 2020 to offset gasoline car sales.jlsoaz wrote: ↑Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:15 amAnother thing was watching the somewhat disappointing sales in the US, month after month, and year after year. To me, the sales are in a way more disappointing than those of some established competitors in that I think even going back to 2010, Nissan actually did want to sell the Leaf in higher volumes than they have done, and make more money on it.
Nissan’s behavior around the LEAF does not suggest that it is trying to sell the cars. I cannot even seem to find a LEAF+ near me, but I have not tried very hard.
With Nissan, if sales are constrained by supply, then I'm not sure what the explanation would be. They spent some years trying to sell BEVs that I got the impression they really just wanted to make and sell them. If they are supply constrained, I suppose there could be battery material supply issues? I wish Nissan had just done more around 2009-2014 to understand things differently, had gone after doing something like a good longer-range high-priced BEV Infiniti, and not looked back.