The Nissan LEAF's Achilles heel exposed
The Nissan LEAF is a great car. Those who dismiss it also dismiss the fact that it is the best-selling battery electric vehicle on the road and thus has converted more buyers than any other car (ever) to electric driving. It outsells everything despite its having had low inventory (and often waiting lists) for its first year or so of production, bad PR from battery issues in Arizona, and nay-sayers of every stripe who either hate on EVs or think another model is far superior.
With all of that, the Nissan LEAF is still the most dominant BEV both globally and in the U.S. But it still has one big Achilles Heel it must overcome.
Nope, it's not range anxiety, battery issues, or styling. It's not price or efficiency either. It's not even lack of infrastructure.
Nope, it's problem is parts availability.
You see, the LEAF has now been on the market for three years. Owners who originally leased the car in 2010/11 are now beginning to trade them in for new models, but some are abandoning the car because of this issue. In trolling forums, I've seen countless complaints about how long a car can sit and wait for the simplest of parts from Nissan. Why?
Because for all their production capacity, Nissan still cannot keep up with demand and has thus allocated nearly all of the parts being built for the LEAF to go into new cars, not dealer inventories for replacements.