On my 2018 SV...
Mfg date: 08/18
Delivery date: Aug. 17, 2018
Why so fast?
Short answer: Political
Longer answer: We had a provincial election last summer, and the province voted for an idiot that immediately pulled out the $14,000.00 government incentive to buy EVs. The deadline was set for September 10, 2018. I already had an order for a LEAF in the queue since April 2018. But with delays from Nissan, it appeared that I was going to miss the incentive deadline. So I cancelled my order.
Apparently, so did thousands of other potential LEAF purchasers in Ontario. This caused such a problem with Nissan Canada that they implored Nissan USA to ramp up production of the 2018 models for this "batch" of orders that were considered dead. When I was contacted by my Nissan dealership a week after I cancelled, they asked if I would reconsider my cancellation if they could guarantee delivery before the incentive deadline. I agreed. A smart decision in retrospect, as I love driving my LEAF.
At that time, the Nissan factory in Smyrna, Tennessee was re-tooling for the 2019 model year. But there must of been a lot of potential loss in sales for Nissan Canada to push for this urgent request to build a bunch more 2018s.
Canuck EV Driver
Get the LeafSpy - fix things that Nissan couldn't, or won't.