The Nissan LEAF is short for “leading environmentally-friendly affordable family” vehicle. Introduced as early as December 2010 in its home market Japan and the key USA market. The LEAF is the all-time best-selling EV, with over 220,000 registration up to Q1 2016. The LEAF scooped in various awards over its life, including “World Car of the Year” in 2012. At its launch, a battery pack was around $18,000 and in 2015 the cost decreased significantly to around $5,500. Only 0.01% of batteries have failed by 2015.
In September 2017 Nissan unveiled an improved version of the iconic electric car. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be available in all 50 USA States and existing international markets from January 2018 in 3 Trims, ranging from $29,900 to around $36,000. A Performance edition with a 60kWh battery would be released in late 2018 early 2019, promising a range in excess of 300 miles.