Report Claims Nissan Leaf Will Be Discontinued by 2025
All of the electric vehicles on the market have the Nissan Leaf to thank. Nissan was one of the first automakers to manufacture an electric car for the masses with the Leaf when it was introduced in 2010. While the Nissan was one of the first to come out with an electric vehicle, it hasn't done enough to keep the Leaf competitive in the changing landscape. That's why we're not surprised to hear that the Leaf could be on the chopping block.
Leaf To Get Replaced
A new report from Automotive News claims that Nissan is looking to slowly discontinue the Leaf over the next few years as it focuses on bringing more modern EVs to market. Production of the Leaf is set to come to an end by the middle of the decade. Unnamed sources confirmed the news to the outlet.
The sources didn't tell Automotive News what vehicle would replace the Leaf, but the outlet believes that there's a strong likelihood of Nissan coming out with a coupe-like crossover. The outlet believes the vehicle could be based on the Chill-Out concept that Nissan debuted last year, but this is just a guess. All the sources would say on the topic is that the Leaf's replacement will be "more tuned to the needs of the modern EV buyer."
What Will Replace The Leaf?
Nissan recently gave the Leaf a facelift for 2023, but it doesn't do nearly enough to make the vehicle a better competitor in the segment.
The Leaf arrives for the new model year with an updated lineup and refreshed exterior styling. The electric hatchback continues to come with a single electric motor that makes 147 horsepower and a 40-kWh battery pack as standard. The SV Plus trim comes with a 214-hp motor and a 62-kWh battery pack. While quite a few rivals are firmly in the 260-mile range territory, the Leaf can travel up to 215 miles.
Nissan missed out on an opportunity to be a leader in the all-electric segment. While other automakers like Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, and Ford have been hard at work on coming out with new options with more range, more tech, and better performance. Not to mention the incredible rise of Tesla to be the most popular EV brand in the U.S. While Nissan was first with the Leaf, it didn't give the EV the necessary updates to keep it at the top of the charts. With the Ariya set to come out, it doesn't seem like Nissan will have any room for the Leaf in its lineup.
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