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The Nissan Leaf is Kicking Chevy to the Curb

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Drifting Nissan LEAFAs electric vehicles become more popular, the competition for consumers’ sales dollars is definitely heating up. Several manufacturers are introducing new EVs to the market to get a slice of this growing segment, including Chevrolet and its new Chevy Bolt. It seems as if the newcomers to the EV crowd, however, are not ready to come up against one of its oldest members, the Nissan Leaf.


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The 2017 Nissan Leaf is the end of its generation, with many dealers and industry experts expecting a redesigned model for 2018. In comparison, the Chevy Bolt is a new model that made its debut with a lot of hype before it made its move to dealerships. However, even with all the publicity surrounding a new vehicle launch, it is failing to topple one of its most direct competitors in terms of price. In March, the Bolt moved 978 units, according to Jalopnik. In comparison, the Nissan Leaf sold 1,478 vehicles.

It’s not completely surprising that the Nissan Leaf is standing strong in the face of this competitor. It has an EPA estimated 107 mile range with its 30 kWh battery. The vehicle’s cabin is also known for being spacious and easily adaptable for the demands of its driver. With a reputation as one of the first consumer EVs to be successful in its favor, it is much easier to trust a model like the Nissan Leaf with history over a first generation model.


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As the Chevy Bolt continues to roll out, we will see which model comes out on top. We will also keep our eyes peeled for updates on the new generation of the Nissan Leaf.

News Source: Jalopnik

  • multilis

    This article seems silly… Bolt is probably limited by production ramp up rather than customers. Bolt has twice the battery, which may also mean battery lasts more than 2x as long. (Lithium batteries last longer at lower charge/discharge rate) Chevy with volt isn’t that much of a newbie.

    • Modern Luddite

      It’s not really even an article

  • Mercy!

    I will never buy an imported car regardless I support made in North America

    • Scott Bailey

      Problem with that position is this. Nothing “made” in North America is made here entirely. Steel from Korea, Tires from Europe, brakes from Canada, etc etc. It’s assembled in a certain place but that is a fraction of the cars “North American” make-up. It’s an international world. Nothing is exclusively made anywhere in it’s entirety. The US brand of Brands, Harley Davison uses Japans transmissions.

      • Vito Valenzuela

        When Tesla’s new ‘2170’ battery cell will be added to its vehicles, which is expected to be in the second quarter for the Model 3, Tesla’s vehicles will become 95% made in the US and potentially become the “most American cars”

        • Dudamus

          That will be great news.

      • Todd McLendon

        The point of buying from an American company is not just about assembly. Where is the marketing, engineering, research and development, and profits going? With GM it is for the most part here. Although with the Bolt a large portion of it is from LG I believe.

      • Dudamus

        TPP was suppose to identify and define “what is made in a country”. Sad the TPP was shot down, it was 90% definitions, especially “country of origin: definitions for products and produce. How much of a product has to actually be made in a country in order to be called from Vietnam or America. It would have really helped american farmers get their products sold overseas. I guess the TPP downfall was that it would have hurt Vermont natural and synthetic maple syrup producers, Canadian syrup is a much higher quality.

    • Jeffrey Lee Virgin

      Leaf is made in Tennessee ! For example .Please check the VIN of your domestic GM product, only if it starts with a 1, was it built in the USA. 2 is Canada, and 3 Mexico.

      • Mercy!

        Tell me something I do not know

  • Paul Soares

    I will buy anything but Domestic. Stung too many times

  • jimmy6p

    Where I live, we spend more than half our driving in a vehicle that’s running lights and Heat/AC. That cuts driving distance to levels that make all these electric models kind of useless. With Heat/AC, lights and stereo plus navigation screen I want to go at least 300 miles. I’d buy that car tomorrow.

    • Richard Burton

      Hauling those big heavy batteries about what a joke! 100 or so miles to the charge!… rubbish.. they have long way to go for people to play in those fun-fare type electric cars! Imagine a big snow storm and stuck in a toy like those things!!!
      Ages to recharge and worries till the next charging rip-off where its time to Wait and wait and wait. Gas-me-up and get me outta! here keep yer battery-powered joke cars for the fantasy world, I live in the real world NOW maybe in hundred years they will get it all sorted-out meantime Peddle-to-the metal …..Whom!!!

      • Tibor Boroczki

        Richard – you maybe right maybe wrong.Just like ICE, back in time struggled for acceptance.
        EV is coming like a storm, you like it or not.

      • Jeffrey Lee Virgin

        I live in Canada Baby ! You don’t know what snow and cold is until you live one of our winters. The Leaf is awesome in the SNOW, all that weight on the bottom, makes it an unstoppable tank.

        As for power, you will still be sucking on your own exhaust fumes, and i will be through the intersection.

        Dinosaurs are fun to study, but i wouldn’t want to be one.
        Extinct that is.

      • Marley

        A “big snow storm”? Where does it snow anymore?

    • Tom610

      The fact that you think things like a stereo drains the battery in any large manner demonstrates your complete lack of understanding of EVs.

      • jimmy6p

        A stereo doesn’t draw as much on a battery as a heater would but it’s one of many that drain the power. A long drive with today’s sound systems, which can consist of many speakers, all needing power, will use a noticeable chunk of power. Cars no longer have those 5W per channel radios anymore, like there were back when I was beginning my career selling Consumer Audio. That was 1970. I retired in 2010 with a complete understanding about how a vehicle’s electrical supply is drained by audio systems and has a lot to do with what components are installed. A Sub alone can draw several amps and drain a battery fairly quickly, especially if you don’t have much of a battery to begin with which is the case with both the GM and Nissan. GM could have had their problem solved had they adopted the battery technology they bought from Stan Ovshinsky to use in their EV-1. But, that wasn’t allowed. They sold Ovshinsky’s patents to Texaco and it’s been black shelved ever since, like all battery technology that would eliminate the need for gas engines. My “understanding of EVs” is actually quite extensive. I went looking for the reason why we aren’t all driving EVs with ranges in hundreds of miles and, I found out. We have the technology, we don’t have permission from Big Oil.

  • KC

    This article fails to mention the the Volt is kicking Prious’s butt! And between Volt and Bolt, they are seriously kicking butt.

  • KC

    Sorry. My post re kicking Prious’s but, I meant Leaf!

    • Richard Burton

      both crap

  • MortimerSnerd

    “… Nissan Leaf is Kicking Chevy to the Curb….” What a silly article, pure click bait written by a Leaf ($$ ?) fanboy, maybe they are getting a bit nervous…I’d love to be able to write silly false-news articles like this.. and get away with it… the Chevy Bolt gets 250 MILES to a charge.. a few have gotten up to 300 miles… this vs the Leaf’s 107 miles (EPA)…or so.. right there, that puts the Bolt in a different category. While it doesn’t have the Tesla bling, bling and catchet cost a lot of money; it’s a perfectly useful car for commuting without range anxiety and could even do a few weekend trips to the ‘cottage’.

  • Harvey Payne

    The LEAF is sold everywhere, and right now is heavily discounted as dealers try to clear their lots of this outgoing model. They are not similarly priced as the “article” states. You can pick up a new LEAF for less than half the price of a Bolt.

    For fun, and equally as pointless might I suggest discussing the difference in sales figures between a Toyota Corolla and a Chevy Corvette as your next “news piece?” Why they’re the same too. They’re both gas cars, right?

  • Dudamus

    I love the LEAF. I’m sure the Bolt is a great car too. But after driving 62,000 miles now in my LEAF, 30 to 50 miles at a time, I can say it is the most reliable and trouble free car I have ever owned. And the 2012 model has great acceleration. I can now drive anywhere in Birmingham Alabama for free now, for the rest of my life, forever, emission free too since we charge overnight when nukes take over the store. Maybe in 10 years we will upgrade to Leaf 2.0 but I will miss the classic styling of the original. We would probably donate our old car then after installing a new battery in another 10 years to a needy family member. Its Great to see more options coming online, I couldn’t be happier for anyone getting a new Bolt either, they will love it. Maybe in a while we will start to see Tesla model 3s coming out.

  • Dudamus

    I wish Nissan would make an electric crew cab titan with tow package. Retirement is getting close and I do not want to spend a third of my inclome on gas pulling our travel trailer.

  • Aadavan Redraceboy

    I hate the chevy brand