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


Model S

Model S

In the US, the sales result for plug-in vehicles set a record in May.  Did the same hold true for Canada?

Not quite, but May was a strong month for plug-in vehicle sales north of the border.

The Chevy Volt once again topped the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales chart with 177 sales in May.

Hot on the heels of the Volt was the Nissan LEAF with 101 sales, marking the first time ever that LEAF sales broke into triple digits.

Tesla Model S sales figures aren’t available in Canada at this time.  May results for the Model S will be officially available sometime next month.  Known Tesla Model S sales figures for the year in Canada are as follows:

  • January: 20
  • February: 19
  • March: 119
  • April: 71
Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Aside from the Volt, LEAF and Model S, there are the others, all of which are consistently low-volume sellers:

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: 10
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV:  8
  • Cadillac ELR:  3

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 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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15 Comments on "Canada Plug In Electric Vehicle Sales May 2014 – Chevy Volt Still #1"

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Cadillac ELR, what a joke.

If I could trade my Volt in for an ELR, I would do in in a heartbeat. But out of my price range.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Indeed. I would consider an ELR even at $50-55k fully loaded, as it seems like it’d be a pretty comfy commuter pod, and I don’t really have need of back seats.

At $75-80k, it’s a frickin joke. Whoever decided on that price point and pushed it thru really needs to be fired.

I think Bob Lutz picked that price back in the Converj stages when he said it would cost “about two Volts”.

Really? From 4 doors down to 2?

I prefer the Chevy styling.

When I think Caddy, I just think of old people and pimps.

Wow, they sold almost as many ELRs as they did in the US. Only 2 less 🙂

There were 52 sold in the in US.

Wops, I thought 6 where sold?

Fun facts:

Combined US and Canadian sales of the Volt, year-to-date, are up slightly over last year.

In April and May, Canadians bought more Volts per capita that in the US. Our VPC continues to climb 😉

I’m wondering if the Volts are being sold in Ontario and the Leafs in British Columbia.

I saw other sites which also report EV sales as percentage of total market.

That allows for a nice comparison between countries.

In fact, most EVs are sold in Quebec. April for example, 222 Volts sold in Canada and 157 of those were sold in Quebec. 177 in Canada last month, again is more than double our monthly average and april is triple our monthly average. So thats 2 consecutive months where record sales were not only surpassed but crushed!
I’ll say it again, we are well on our way, in the US, to double total EV sales, again, in 2014 over 2013.
I’m very, very happy about that fact.

Last time I was through, Quebec had low electricity rates (lots of hydro-electric) and relatively high fuel prices. I don’t know about provincial purchase rebates, but over all it looks like a good place to own a plug-in electric vehicle!

Yep, QC has roughly the same rebate as us in ON, but about half the electricity price.

It was an easy decision for me here, a no-brainer there.

Go Canada! I think they still have a government investment in GM. And they don’t have so many Fox “News” fans allergic to the ‘Government Motors Obamamobile’.

And a PHEV probably makes more sense in Canada where they have colder temps.