Canada Plug-In Electric Car Sales August 2015


Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

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

The Chevrolet Volt had a break out month in June to a remarkable 120 units. Volt sales shot up even higher in July with 150 units sold. And then in August sales increased again, with 167 Volts sold.

For the Nissan LEAF back in April it set an all-time record for single-month sales in Canada with 127 EVs sold, then selling over 100 copies through June, but in July, LEAF sales fell to 94 sold for the month. August provided a return to three-digit sales with 124 LEAFs sold.

Turning our attention to the Tesla Model S, we see that in March the all-time was set with 250 sold before falling under 200 units for a couple months (167,178) before the company had another remarkable month in June with 242 units sold.  With the our projected pullback (via the Monthly Scorecard) in July for North America, Canada’s 148 sold reflected that move.  In the same token, although August’s figures aren’t available yet, but we again estimated total Tesla North American deliveries overall were lower than normal during the month (before an expected rebound in September), so we estimate Model S sales around ~140 units in August.

Meanwhile, sales of the BMW i3 remained higher than usual with 46 units sold in August. Typical monthly volume is in the 20-30 unit range, but the past 5 months have seen sales at above the typical volume.

The BMW i3 with the new color Fluid Black

The BMW i3 with the new color Fluid Black

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV normally has monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, and again sold 7 units in August in Canada. That’s down from the 8 units sold in July.

Here are the rest of the August’s results from the typically low-volume sellers in Canada:

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Unknown at this time, no longer reported for Canada (We estimate ~5-10 units)
  • Cadillac ELR: 1
  • Ford’s PHEV sales are unknown at this time. Typical monthly volume is ~ 15 C-Max Energis and ~15 Fusion Energis.
  • Likewise, Focus Electric sales are small, in the single digits most months and sometimes even zero.

We have no sales data on the other remaining plug-in electric models.

Looking at the YTD figures, the Model S is the clear leader with estimated YTD sales at well over 1,100 units. The Chevrolet Volt is number two with 742 sales YTD and the Nissan LEAF is number three with 706 sales YTD. Next, it’s the BMW i3 at 239 units.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car

Category: BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Sales, Tesla, Toyota

Tags: , , , ,

13 responses to "Canada Plug-In Electric Car Sales August 2015"
  1. GeorgeS says:

    Boy those are some pretty small numbers. We will never save this planet and homo sapiens at this rate.

    1. Andre says:

      10x less population and a climate less EV friendly, the numbers are not too bad compared to USA.

  2. Lindsay Patten says:

    It’s interesting that the $100k Tesla outsells the much lower priced models, in Canada and the US.

    1. lewl says:

      There are a lot of people with money to burn in Vancouver and Toronto.

      I’ve seen a couple in the burbs, where I live, but most of them are seen downtown.
      A few people have crunched the numbers and find it’s worth it for their long commute (significant energy cost savings), while most I suspect are buying them as ‘toys’, or status symbols.

      1. ffbj says:

        Wow. Accordingly Toronto does have 1/4 of all Canadian millionaires while Canada ranks 6th overall internationally in numbers of millionaires.

      2. Roger says:

        For the last two years,

        about 75 % of the Volts sold in Canada, has been bought in Quebec. (few in Toronto and Vancouver)

        1. Roger says:

          In fact for last august, 132 Volts has been bought in Quebec (79 % of all the Volts sold in Canada)

          132 out of 167 Volts

          1. Edgar says:

            If I lived in Quebec I would make purchasing an electric car a priority. Gasoline is so heavily taxed in Quebec you pay about twenty cents more per litre. I am just guessing but I know fuel is very expensive in Quebec. It would pay to have an electric car. I will find out the price and come back.

            1. Edgar says:

              I checked with gas buddy and gasoline in Montreal is 23 to 25 cents higher per litre. That works out to a dollar a gallon more for gasoline in Montreal, Quebec than what I would pay for gasoline in Toronto, Ontario.
              That electric car could save someone a lot of money. My Chevrolet Caprice held 80 litres of gasoline and filling up just once a week costs an extra $20.00 and some folks need to go a long commute and it starts to get expensive and electric cars look better and better all the time. The other thing, gasoline is at a low price right now so in a year or so when the price of gasoline gets high. It will save a tremendous amount of money for people living in La Belle Province.

  3. Al S says:

    Perhaps the only industrialized country without any Federal EV incentives or plan.

    The Quebec EV association, l’AVEQ, sent a letter to Harper asking what his party’s platform was on electrifying transportation (not limited to EVs). About eight well formulated and specific questions were asked. No answer, except a “your comments are important to us” form letter.

  4. Robert says:

    For Canada, think North Dakota – Washington State Weather, population less than California, and if you consider the fact of Province Only EV Incentives:Just in B.C.($5,000 Rebate), Ontario($8,500 Rebate), and Quebec($8,000 Rebate), that population figure goes even smaller, to something like 40% of California with even more cold Northern Climate Geography!

    If you take the 100 mile from the border (Predominate Population and mildest weather), you might get to 30% tops of California’s population. So, with all these factors, I would say that ‘The Great White North’ is progressing along reasonably well in EV Uptake, but for sure could do better with a Federal Boost with either a Rebate (Preferred), or a tax credit; preferably in the $5,000 to $7,500 ball park. $7,500 for incomes up to $300,000/Yr for the first 50,000 EV’s; and $5,000 for incomes above that for the first 10,000 EV’s bought by earners at this level. Once the 1st 50,000 EV’s are bought by lower earners, the #’s could be dropped to $5,000 for incomes up to $150,000 for another 20,000 Vehicles, maybe with a ‘Top Up’ of $1,500 for earners under $75,000? That could be followed by a $2,500 value for Earners Under $75,000 for another 5,000 EV’s.

    That whole run should take up to 5 – 8 years, by which time I expect the price spread from ICE’s to EV’s should be quite small, and the range decent enough that incentives should not be needed at a Federal Level up here. Provincial rebates my well have been exhausted, met their targets, or been withdrawn by that 8 year time frame, but if not, could be the remaining incentives. I guess it depends on which has higher commitment to reduce pollution up here, since we are one if the worst Kyoto Offenders!

    1. Robert says:

      Of course the line “and $5,000 for incomes above that for the first 10,000 EV’s bought by earners at this level” did not mean in addition to the $7,500 figure, but instead of it!

  5. SmartElectric says:

    The Tesla Model S is not a status symbol car, drive one and you will find out it is more than a car, it’s like driving the future.
    We bought a Tesla, and we’ve never spent nearly as much on a car before, and that matches the a goodly percentage of the hundreds of Tesla owners I’ve met locally and on global forums.
    The Tesla hits a home run on so many levels, as a premium quiet comfortable car, a performance sedan, a roomy family hauler, road trip vehicle for retired folks, efficient car for those 30000km/year commuters, green car for those CO2 concerned, the list goes on.
    We have two EV’s, a Smart ED for my commute and Tesla for daily family hauling and a few dozen vacation/road trips per year.
    Our Tesla has 60000 km over two years, the Smart 15000 over the same period. No gas.