A recent report from Automotive News has revealed that Nissan plans on discontinuing the Nissan Leaf in the next couple of years. One of the first electric cars to be produced for the mass market, the Nissan Leaf debuted in 2010 and reached the American market more than a year before the Tesla Model X.
The report states that Nissan will not manufacture another generation of the Leaf, choosing instead to develop a new EV model that better meets the need of modern electric vehicle buyers, and ending production of the Leaf “mid-decade.” According to the Automotive News report, the Nissan Leaf was a pioneering EV way ahead of its times, at least in the U.S. market.
Citing anonymous sources, Automotive News reports that there will be no next-generation Leaf and that Nissan could even discontinue the Leaf nameplate entirely. Debuting a year before the ultra-popular Model S hit the roads, Nissan’s Leaf is currently one of the most affordable EVs on the market. It has sold around 175,000 units since it was first unveiled in 2010, the report says.