Canada Plug-In Electric Car Sales January 2016

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

It’s time once again to take a look at plug-in electric vehicle sales in Canada.

Less and less automakers report plug-in electric car sales in Canada now, so the list of vehicles below has dwindled down significantly to just a few of the major models.

The Chevrolet Volt, after selling 172 in November 2015 and 220 in December 2015, fell to just 94 units sold in January 2016.

Meanwhile, sales of the Nissan LEAF were low too at just 72 units in January 2016, down from 122 in December 2015 and 148 in November 2015.

It’s likely that the Tesla Model S was the best-selling plug-in electric car in Canada in January, but those figures are not yet known. The Model S was #1 for 8 out of 12 months in 2015 in Canada and it ended the year with 224 units sold In December (#1 for the month) and 2,010 YTD (#1 for the year).

The remaining sales figures include 26 BMW i3s sold in January 2016 and 8 BMW i8s.

Cadillac sold only 1 ELR last month in Canada, while Mitsubishi sold 7 i-MiEVs.

Unfortunately, those are the only known figures for plug-in electric car sales in January at this time. Additional registration data will fill in some of the blanks at a later date.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car and Green Car Reports

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11 responses to "Canada Plug-In Electric Car Sales January 2016"

  1. Joshua Burstyn says:

    I see just an s-ton of Model S’ in my area. (Working class area, too.)

    Us Canucks need to pick up our socks and buy more EVs already, eh?

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Unless you live in one of the more mild areas, I would think PHEVs would probably be the way to go in Canada. That’s what I advise friends & relatives in Minnesota.

      1. pk says:

        Depends on use case as always. My Leaf is the commuter and presently my SX-4 is the second car. No problem in winter even last February which was the coldest on record here in Ontario. As larger batteries become available, winter will be even less of an issue.

  2. Speculawyer says:

    ” Mitsubishi sold 7 i-MiEVs”

    Those must be real fun in winter.

    1. Big Solar says:

      hell yeah! I-MIEV rules!

    2. cmg186 says:

      I’ve been daily driving my i-MiEV for years, winters included, here in Ontario. I was initially concerned about RWD combined with instant torque, but Mitsubishi’s traction control system is excellent. I haven’t had any issues, winter or otherwise. Cheers.

  3. Bruno Marcoux says:

    I drove 14 000 miles in my Nissan Leaf in the 7 months since I purchased it.

    Works very well in Montreal’s cold weather. Never worried when I start it in the morning in opposition to my old ICE.

    That’s what I say to everybody.

  4. vdiv says:

    Maybe they drive it indoors somewhere… πŸ˜‰

    1. G2 says:

      …or in coastal British Columbia which has the climate of Seattle. πŸ™‚

  5. Djoni says:

    I’ve been driving mine (Leaf) since 2012 and 100 000 kilometers on it in 4 winters.
    I don’t feel like a cliff hanger or a dare devil.
    It very doable and easy for many if you can adopt different habit.
    Of course if you want everything to stay the same, then it won’t do.

  6. G2 says:

    Many Canadians are also getting two year lease return vehicles from the US and thus not buying the vehicle new off the lot.
    Thus while the numbers of EVs are steadily increasing it won’t be reflected in ‘new’ sales data.