It’s a sign of the times: When a car manufacturer offers an electric vehicle that meets the consumer’s wants, they sell like hotcakes!
Nissan only announced the third iteration of the Leaf in January this year – called the Leaf 3.ZERO.
It has two versions: the e+ ‘limited edition’ version which has a 63kWh battery and higher output motor and the ‘standard’ 40kWh battery version with the same motor and battery as the 2.ZERO version. A total of 4,500 e+ limited edition versions were allocated for Europe this year, with deliveries starting in June.
Pre-order books opened immediately after the announcement – and now two thirds of the allocation has already been pre-ordered! Norway is currently leading the charge, with pre-orders reaching almost half of the 3,000 total. (The Leaf was the top-selling car overall in Norway in 2018).
Unlike the Leaf 3.ZERO e+, the basic Leaf 3.ZERO with the 40 kWh battery and standard motor became available almost immediately in Europe, the US and Japan. (Unlike Australia, where we still have to wait for the Leaf 2.ZERO to arrive: which Nissan currently predict as being June this year).
Changes from the 2.ZERO to the 3.ZERO 40kWh are, however, modest.