Canada Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales August 2014


Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

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

No surprise in that the Chevy Volt was, once again, the #1 selling plug-in vehicle in Canada for the month of August. Sales of the Volt checked in at 186 units in Canada in August, an improvement over the 132 sold in July.  YTD, 1,149 Volts have been sold in Canada this year, already besting the 913 sold in all 0f 2013.

Nissan LEAF sales checked in at 113 units sold in Canada in August. For the LEAF, this is the only fourth time ever that sales have topped 100 in Canada (May 2014: 101; June 2014: 104; July 117) The 117 units sold in July still is the single-month record for Nissan LEAF sales in Canada.  YTD, LEAF sales are now at 692 units in Canada, compared to 470 sold in the whole of 2013.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S sales figures aren’t available in Canada at this time. Estimating a figure is rather difficult, given the wild swings we’ve seen thus far in terms of monthly sales this year. Known Tesla Model S sales figures for the year in Canada are as follows:

  • January: 20
  • February: 19
  • March: 119
  • April: 71
  • May: 61
  • June: 104
  • July:48
  • YTD excluding August: 442

We don’t yet have figures for BMW i3 in its fourth month of availability in Canada, but in its first three months it sold a total of 84 units.  Meanwhile, Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid sales amounted to only 1 unit in August, its lowest single-month sales total ever in Canada. YTD, 52 Prius Plug-Ins have been sold in Canada.

Smart Fortwo ED sales in July checked in at a rather remarkable 79 units, but we don’t yet have August sales figures.

Cadillac ELR Sales Hit Record High Of 10

Cadillac ELR Sales Hit Record High Of 10

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

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 10 (79 YTD)
Cadillac ELR: 10 (YTD 28)

We’ll have updated data on Ford’s plug-in vehicles soon, as the automaker releases those numbers for Canada on a semi-annual basis.

In terms of total 2013 numbers, here’s how plug-ins fared in Canada:

  • Chevy Volt – 931
  • Tesla Model S – 638
  • Nissan LEAF – 470
  • Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – 222
  • Toyota Prius Plug In – 212
  • Ford C-Max Energi – 199
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 177
  • Ford Fusion Energi – 116
  • Ford Focus Electric – 103
  • Cadillac ELR – 4

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Those numbers could be higher, but we simply have no cars to buy, dealers arn’t Stocking them!

Yes that is a big problem. About 65% of sales are in Quebec, where at least some dealers seem to have a reasonable number of Volts in stock because they recognize the market opportunity. In contrast, most of Ontario is a Volt desert without even a demo for test drives.

I don’t think it’s fair to call the Smart ED a typically low-volume seller anymore with 60 to 80 sales in the past few months.

Yep…you’re right. I’ve edited the post to remove Smart from the low-volume list.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive set a record for the most pure-plugin vehicles sold in a single month, ever.

According to :

Quote : “smart recorded a total of 280 vehicles sold throughout August, including 133 zero local-emission smart fortwo electric drive units. These results have yielded a year-to-date growth of 19.1% with 1,478 smart fortwos retailed so far in 2014.”

In Calgary, you can buy only Leaf and Volt. Even those are though to get. Only one Nissan dealer has 1x piece of Leaf. Chevy doesnt have any on stock, but can order if someone is interested. That is a tough buy without test drive and without seing the vehicle. I spoke to BMW. According one lady there, they get up to three people a day asking about i3 and i8. According the manager, there is no interest and therefore, electrics will be not offered. When I asked him to explain “no customer interest”, he didnt want to talk to me anymore. There is also no Tesla store and only about 12 charging stations.

Another Calgarian here and completely agree kompot! The BMW salesman told me it is too cold for electric vehicles which is why they don’t carry them??? The almost 10,000 Canadians driving them certainly don’t think so!

By the way, are you a member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta (EVAA)? Free Membership open to enthusiasts and owners alike and you can connect with Volt, Model S, LEAF owners and even an i-MIEV and a conversion or two!

Free to join at our Facebook page:

Also please join us for our National Drive Electric Week event on Sunday, September 21 on Stephen Avenue Walk in front of the Bay 10 AM – 4 PM.

Maciej Bialy
EVAA Founder

“The almost 10,000 Canadians driving them certainly don’t think so!”

Especially the 10 Calgarians who own Leafs! 😉

Actually, with this past winter’s especially brutal low temperatures, the Leaf owners who weren’t living in balmy Vancouver have reported 40-50% less range than in summer. And many of those owners were particularly unhappy with that fact, since this placed their car in “the range is useless”-ville.

But hey, I suppose you can take advantage of the fact that every parking lot has plugs? If only to keep the battery heater on and turn the cabin heater to “Max” before you leave.

I also forgot to mention, there are no incentives in Alberta and the best selling vehicle is Ford F150. Horrible

Also just glanced out the window and it is snowing in Calgary!

Why no spreadsheet for Canada?

I hear it is because Canadian-born persons are both extremely intelligent and incredibly good looking…not to mention they can compile even complex data in their heads quite easily and have photographic memories.

But think of those US-born or US-raised persons whose brains have become addled from watching “The Jersey Shore” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” We need spreadsheets to help us comprehend and digest all that data, and plenty of pictures would be a great help too. 😉