Nissan Leaf’s phasing out could be good for Japanese automaker: Opinion

Nissan Leaf's phasing out could be good for Japanese automaker: Opinion

Production of the Nissan Leaf will end in the middle of the decade as the company plans to phase out the once revolutionary vehicle.

According to car news’ Nissan plans to retire its all-electric Leaf model and replace it with another battery-powered electric vehicle to compete with the more tech-savvy EVs on the market. Since the Leaf’s debut in the US market in 2010, new electric vehicles and EV car manufacturers have entered the automotive market, introducing customers to new ideas and fun features.

Phasing out the Nissan Leaf could be a good idea for the Japanese automaker. It could give Nissan the opportunity to create and reimagine its own take on the modern electric vehicle. Plus, the Leaf could still be an inspiration for some of Nissan’s new EV designs. The Volkswagen ID.Buzz, for example, was inspired by the VW minibus, which used to be most associated with hippies, but it still leaves a unique mark on the customers.

The modern EV

Tesla has played a huge role in defining the modern electric vehicle. The Texas-based EV maker showed the auto industry that customers could grow to love and even love battery-powered electric vehicles. After all, people don’t just love Tesla’s cars because they are electric. Tesla vehicles are fun too, in part because they have exciting features that customers have come to love.

When other automakers, even older OEMs, saw the increasing interest in EVs, they also played with new vehicle designs. They started to rethink the different uses people could get out of their cars. For example, EV maker Rivian designs vehicles made for adventurers, with everything a person needs for the great outdoors, including a literal sink.

It wasn’t just new EV startups that reshaped the idea of ​​cars. For example, Ford released the F-150 Lightning, an electrified pickup truck with features beyond a regular work truck.

Older automakers outside the United States have also started launching electric vehicles with modern features. There’s Hyundai, which recently launched the IONIQ 6 and introduced it as more than just an electric vehicle, but as a creative and productive space.

The idea of ​​cars and EVs has changed since the Nissan Leaf debuted in the United States more than a decade ago. With the ever-growing popularity of battery-powered electric vehicles, it seems like a good time for the Japanese automaker to move forward and create something new.

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Nissan Leaf’s phasing out could be good for Japanese automaker: Opinion


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