Canada Plug In Electric Vehicle Sales March 2014 – Chevy Volt Still #1


Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Guess which vehicle topped the plug-in electric vehicle sales chart in Canada in March.

It’s no shocker that the Chevy Volt was #1 again in Canada.  In all honesty, it seems unlikely that the Volt will ever get knocked off this pedestal.  The Volt has been Canada’s top-selling plug-in vehicle for more than one year now.  Sometime way back in 2012 the LEAF outsold the Volt, but since then it’s been all Volt in the #1 spot.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Here are the March 2014 sales results for Canada:

  • Chevrolet Volt: 105
  • Nissan LEAF: 75
  • Tesla Model S: Ballpark estimate of 20 to 40 units
  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: 13
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV:  12

We won’t have data on Ford’s plug-in vehicles anytime soon, as the automaker only spits out those numbers for Canada on a semi-annual basis.

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

  • Chevy Volt – 931
  • Tesla Model S – 610
  • Nissan LEAF – 470
  • Toyota Prius Plug In – 212
  • Ford C-Max Energi – 199
  • Ford Focus Electric – 158
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 168
  • Ford Fusion Energi – 116

(estimates for the smart ED are ~250 units for 2013)

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Chevy Volt Rules! Eh?


So, is this the true reflection of the Volt superiority or the lack of incentives on BEVs?

If we level the incentives field between Volt and other BEVs such as LEAF, will Volt dominate the market the same way in the US as it does in Canada?

In Quebec, the rebate for any car with a 16kwh and over battery is $8k. So the Volt gets the same on the spot cash rebate, not a taxe break mind you but $8000 price drop after taxes are factored in.

Imagine how many EVs the USA would sell if they had this rebate instead of a taxe cut.

In Ontario the Volt gets a rebate of $8,231 and is listed as a PHEV. All the BEV except the i-miev get a rebate of $8,500.
Also, if you lease an eligible vehicle for 3 years you get the same rebate. The difference is minor.

Sensible Canadians.
Most of their miles electric, but no worries at all about heavily restricted range when it gets cold.

I am amazed after less than a years worth of sales in 2013 that the Model S has gain so much ground on the Volt in Canada. Sales for the Model S didn’t start until 2nd quarter I believe and the car costs twice as much…three times fully loaded.

Looks like whole of Canada buys less plugins than hmmm … Alabama ?

Canada sells every car we get. Its a supply problem. We get crumbs. An d again, Quebec buys half of those cars, the rest of Canada buys the rest.

Quebec Hydro is still super reasonable, correct? I mean like 6 cents / kwh? This makes running even an electric heater a smart choice. And during the summertime, the cars run almost for free on electricity

Yeah, if I lived that far North, the Leaf would be a tough sell due to the decreased range for a good part of the year.