The demand cliff has been found, and it was for the Nissan Leaf as sales drop by nearly 50% in 2019

2019 Nissan Leaf

Nissan recently released their sales figures for 2019 in Canada, and the once popular Nissan Leaf electric vehicle saw a huge drop in sales from 2018 to 2019.

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In the month of December 2019, Nissan sold just 130 Leaf EVs across Canada, representing a 42.2% drop in sales compared to December 2018, which saw 225 new Leaf owners.

The numbers for 2019 as a whole are even worse for Nissan’s EV, as they sold 2,881 units across Canada. That equates to a 49.8% drop compared to 2018, where Nissan sold 5,735 units altogether. These numbers represent a staggering drop for Nissan and the Leaf in Canada, which was once the most popular EV.

The most recent statistics we have for Canadian Tesla sales is up to the end of Q3 2019, a full 3 months less than what Nissan is reporting on. Up to September 2019, Tesla had already sold 13,308 Model 3 vehicles. That’s nearly 5 times as many vehicles in 3 less months.

If you were to only look at the Model X and Model S from Tesla, which sold 2,170 units in the first 9 months of 2019, they would almost eclipse the sales of the Nissan Leaf.

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The most likely cause of the huge drop in sales is, you guessed it, Tesla and the Model 3. The price of the Nissan Leaf in Canada can be as much as $49,498, while the cheap model, the ‘S Plus’, prices in at $43,998. That’s not far off from the price of the Model 3, which can be as low as $47,990 for the Standard Range Plus (SR+) in British Columbia after incentives.

2019 Nissan Leaf pricing

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