Group Buy Discounts: The Nissan Leaf's Last Hope?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
group buy discounts the nissan leafs last hope

With Nissan Leaf sales falling like autumn foliage, a few enterprising EV fans hope to reverse the trend (or at least slow it) through group discounts.

After a Colorado group negotiated a 248-vehicle Leaf purchase for the you’re kidding me price of $12,130 per unit, other groups now wants a piece of the cheap Leaf action. In Montreal, 2,500 Quebec residents just signed up for a reduced group price, while a Wisconsin group negotiated a similar discount.

As one of the oldest EVs on the market, Leaf sales peaked in the U.S. in 2014, falling by half since then. Range is a problem — base models go 84 miles on a charge, and Nissan only just added a battery upgrade that offers 107 miles of electric driving. In an attempt to boost sales, Nissan Hybrid Cars, a group-buying program in Wisconsin just negotiated a deal that lowers the Leaf’s price to $14,300. “Rev Up Wisconsin” is a partnership between two electrical utilities and two Madison Nissan dealerships.

The next-generation Leaf likely won’t appear until 2018, but when it does, expect a range of Chevrolet Bolt enters production this fall, with Tesla’s Model 3 following in late 2017.

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  • HotPotato HotPotato on Aug 11, 2016

    With the Bolt just months away, the great sell off of under-200 mi range EVs is on! Not all manufacturers are as awake at the switch as Nissan though. I'd hate to be a dealer trying to peddle, say, a Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive right now.

  • Thornmark Thornmark on Aug 11, 2016

    Most of Canada has very cold winters. Most of Colorado too. Except for very limited situations, how practical is an EV in such places when they require normal winter heating and defrosting plus their batteries also require heating to avoid damage. Seems EV use - other than Tesla - is limited to very short commutes/city. And what happens to the EV market when guv decides to stop the large subsidies that make EV's appear to be a bargain - other peoples' money.. Solar collapsed in various European countries when guvs decided to pull the promised subsidies and it's now happening in the US too as various jurisdictions have stopped buying expensive solar power from customers.

  • Lou_BC ERay? A southern model will be the BillyRay.
  • Lou_BC I've never used a car buying plan service. My Costco membership did get me 1,000 cash back on my last truck.
  • Jeff S I can understand 8 cars is a bit much unless you are a serious collector. I always loved the Challenger when it first came out and now. I don't need a car like this but I am glad it exists at least for 1 more year. If I had a choice between a Mustang, a Camaro, and a Challenger I would opt for a Challenger but probably with a V-6 since it has more than enough power for most and I don't need to be burning rubber. Challenger has the classic muscle car looks, more cabin room, and a decent size trunk which makes it very livable for day to day driving and for traveling. The base models of the Dodge Challenger has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that gives you 305 horsepower with 268 lb-ft torque. The car attains 60 mph from a standstill within just 6 seconds, which is quite fast. Even with their base engines, the Challenger and Camaro are lightning-fast. The Camaro reaches 165 mph, while the Challenger can go up to 11 mph faster!
  • Inside Looking Out I would avoid American cities if I can. European cities are created for humans and Americans for cars.
  • Inside Looking Out I used True car once in 2014 and got a great deal. The difference is that you do nothing but dealers call you. No haggling but you can get the same deal browsing inventories on dealers websites. It just matter of convenience, Rich people delegate job to someone else because time costs more.