New Nissan Leaf selling well in Europe

2018 Nissan Leaf photo
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Let's see how it does when it finally hits the US, too.

When the 2018 Nissan Leaf was introduced with its 150 miles (or so) of range, I speculated that there might be a strong market for a lower cost, medium-range electric vehicle to compete with the 200+ mile Chevy Bolt and 300+ mile Tesla Model 3. After all, you have to weigh an extra 100+ miles of range that you may rarely use against the $5,000 or more premium you'll be paying to get it.

So far, that prediction appears to be panning out. Autoblog reports that Nissan has taken more than 9,000 orders globally in the first two months of availability -- 3,500 of those have been in Europe, with more than 2,000 in Norway alone.

The car isn't yet in showrooms on this side of the pond, but Nissan has been taking pre-orders. It will be interesting to see how the Leaf fares in the more road-trip centric US culture. As someone who has seen my used Nissan Leaf actually improve in terms of practicality as charging infrastructure proliferates, I'm pretty confident that this car would meet the real world needs of a great many drivers with little to no question of range anxiety. Whether that translates to actual sales, however—or whether the more-is-better mentality means everyone springs for a 200+ mile range car, even if they don't need it—will remain to be seen.

Humans aren't exactly rational about many major life decisions. Buying a new car is no different.

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