Canada Plug-In Electric Car Sales June 2015


2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF

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

Back in April, the Nissan LEAF set an all-time record for single-month sales in Canada with 127 LEAFs sold. Nissan followed that up with a strong 112 LEAFs sold in May.  In June, LEAF sales remained above 100 with 101 units sold.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Volt had a break out month in June.  May sales for the Volt were 59 units, but in June that figure jumped to a remarkable 120 units.

However, it still seems quite likely that the Tesla Model S outsold both of the plug-in models listed above in June.  In March, Model S sales were 250 units.  Then, in April, Model S sales checked in at 167.  That was followed by 178 sold in May.  We expect June sales to be in line with the previous few months, so it’s likely the Model S was June’s best-selling electric car in Canada, a title the Model S has held every month this year.

Meanwhile, sales of the BMW i3 remained higher than usual with 49 units sold in June. Typical monthly volume is in the 20-30 unit range, but the past 3 months have seen sales at nearly double the typical volume.

There was one more strong performer in Canada. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with typically monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, sold 16 units in June in Canada. That’s down 5 units from the 21 i-MiEVs sold in May.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Here are the rest of the March’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 ~3-5 units)
  • Cadillac ELR: 3
  • 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 over 900 units. The Nissan LEAF is number two with YTD sales of 488 and the Volt is #3 with YTD sales of 425 units. There’s only one other plug-in electric car with over 100 sales YTD in Canada. it’s the BMW i3 at 255 units.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car

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20 responses to "Canada Plug-In Electric Car Sales June 2015"
  1. Harry says:

    Pathetically small numbers. Why aren’t Canadians buying more EVs?

    1. AddLightness says:

      The cold weather significantly impacts their real world EV range. My range drops up to 40% in winter in IL.

    2. Andre says:

      Cold and 10x less population than USA. Considering that the numbers are not to bad comparing to USA.

  2. Ian says:

    As a Canadian leaf driver I can tell you there is not enough range and charging stations for mass adoption of ev’s in Canada yet. Tesla $$$ is the only car you can use right now where you shouldn’t worry about freezing to death in the winter. I push my leaf to its limits but it needs double the range. Maybe legislation requiring fuel stations to provide charging stations because they don’t want to install any. Will have to wait till 2017 for more range.

    1. pk says:


      The difference in range between driving in June weather and February is massive. The lack of thermal battery management is something Nissan really needs to address in v2.

      Also, as I’ve said many times before, the majority of Canadians haven’t a clue about EVs. (This is based on all the questions I’ve gotten when I tell people about my Leaf)

    2. Ontario Leaf says:

      It slowly gets better here. I convinced three of my friends to go electric after buying my Leaf. But yes, range in the winter is a problem. The federal govt is another, only some provinces have incentives.
      In my neighbourhood I see more Teslas than BMW 5’s. Lately I noticed more Leafs and Volts.
      It is spreading.

      1. Joshua Burstyn says:

        We have had a similar experience. Our Model S is really much better in the winter than our Kia Soul EV simply based on the battery size.

        Charging options in the GTA are good and getting better and the superchargers help however only QC seems to be aggressive in rolling out the DC charging many potential buyers are waiting for.

        Overall having volunteered at several GTHA EV events most Canadians are very receptive to EVs but want lower prices. The conversation hs changed from ‘Is this going to work?’ to ‘When can I buy one for the same price as a conventional car?’

        1. pk says:

          1. Agree on the federal gov’t comment.
          2. As for the equivalent price thing. People need to understand the TCO of a car. My gas savings including the extra electricity cost is over $300/month. Over a 3 year lease that amounts to about $11k. Nevermind the oil changes, more frequent brake jobs (regen), coolant flush, timing belt, etc.

          1. Joshua Burstyn says:

            Good luck with that. I work with tens of analytical types with large incomes who can’t wrap their heads around the TCO equation of an EV.

            1. It’s the old saying a co-worker used to use: “Pay me Now – or Pay Me Later!” EV’s are – (Energy/Cost Wise) kind of like – Pay Me Now, but Gas Cars are like – Pay Me Later!

              Patience is lacking – as well as understanding!

        2. After Running The Electric Car Show ‘EV Fest’ ( since 2010 – and talking with Exhibitors – I am hearing from them that the quality of questions has improved a lot lately!

          Also – in taking some time to check my PlugShare APP a couple nights ago, I noticed over a dozen (~14-15) New Charging Stations listed Near Toronto Area since EV Fest 2015 (June 14th), so – whatever the reason – it is growing the infrastructure a bit by bit! There were also at least 2 new private ‘Shared’ stations listed as well!

          We still have an uneven distribution of Level 2 stations and for our population of People and of EV’s nearly no Level 3 chargers – but that is growing a bit too – with basically 2 near the Airport, and one North of the city, plus another coming on soon – on the East side of the city and North of the 401 Freeway!

          Level 3 DC QC’s should be at least a Dozen in/near the Toronto Area, and about 40 in the Province for a basic level of Full EV Usefulness (for anything from BMW i3 to Mitsubishi iMiEV!) If we make it over 6 this year – I will be surprised, though!!

    3. Bonaire says:

      If Volts and Volt-like CUVs were in Canada – and sold at prices similar to gassers – would they sell better? I suspect the exchange rate and other factors keep EREVs from really gaining ground in canada. But used Volts should be able to be imported for relatively cheaply and lead to higher adoption but not at the showroom new-car sales level and as such, untracked used Volts and other plug-ins may be doing fine.

      1. Londo Bell says:

        But that idea will run into something similar to the PiP situation, during winter time (much longer in Canada). Very minimal ev range, and with lack of charging infrastructure, even with the new Volt, gasoline will have to be used majority of the time.

        A regular Prius will make more sense in Canada (for the low price market).

    4. Speculawyer says:

      You guys are brave to even try. I recommend my family in Minnesota to look at plug-in hybrids like the Volt so they have a gas engine available.

      I don’t think pure EVs will work well in really cold places unless you have a good thermal system AND a large battery. And even then, you’ll have to be careful and remember to plug in whenever you have a chance.

  3. Shaft says:

    In Toronto I typically get 65-70 km in the summer and 35-40km on the coldest days in January and February on a full charge (2012 Volt).
    But the drop does not seem to matter for my driving patterns, which includes a fair amount of opportunistic charging. Over the past year I’ve done 20,000 km, 96% electric, and easily over 500 miles per imperial gallon.
    Pretty amazing numbers!

    1. pk says:

      It would be interesting to see what the new 2016 Volt will get. My round trip commute is ~ 85-95 km
      The Leaf has done OK so far but I’d rather not make it home with 5% charge in the winter 🙂

  4. Ian says:

    They really should eventually make the sub 160 km battery illegal in Canada once more range is available. Just my opinion.

  5. miggy says:

    It looks like you guys in Canada need the Outlander PHEV.

  6. Volt Drive Train – in front of a Prius V – with a Tesla Battery Pack (And a Tesla Rear Motor Drive Too!) PEREX!

    (PEE REX: Performance Edition, Range Extender, with space for bigger things!!)

  7. G2 says:

    Concur with most of the comments regarding Canadian infrastructure and weather except that coastal British Columbia doesn’t have the battery (& soul) sucking cold weather that the rest of the country has. Ours is pretty much the same as Seattle, so battery impacts due to cold are pretty much non existent.