Canada Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales September 2014


2015 Chevy Volt

2015 Chevy Volt

LEAFs Charging

LEAFs Charging

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 most likely the #1 selling plug-in vehicle in Canada for the month of September. Sales of the Volt checked in at 145 units in Canada in September, a decline compared to the 186 sold in August. YTD, 1,294 Volts have been sold in Canada this year, easily besting the 913 sold in all 0f 2013.

Nissan LEAF sales checked in at 113 units sold in Canada in September (identical to the 113 sold in August). For the LEAF, this is the only fifth time ever that sales have topped 100 in Canada (May 2014: 101; June 2014: 104; July 117; August 113) The 117 units sold in July still is the single-month record for Nissan LEAF sales in Canada. YTD, LEAF sales are now at 805 units in Canada, compared to 470 sold in the whole of 2013.

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. However, with September being a break-out month for Model S sales in the US, we suspect figures in Canada will be high too (perhaps record-setting). 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
  • August: 25

YTD excluding September: 467

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

We don’t yet have figures for BMW i3 in its fourth month of availability in Canada, but in its first four months it sold a total of 116 units. Meanwhile, Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid sales amounted to 11 units in September.  YTD, 63 Prius Plug-Ins have been sold in Canada.

Smart Fortwo ED sales in July checked in at a rather remarkable 79 units, followed by an even more spectacular 133 sold in August.  A sweet deal on the Fortwo ED is responsible for this uptick in sales, according to Green Car Reports.

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

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 7 (86 YTD)
  • Cadillac ELR: 3 (YTD 31)

Ford’s PHEV sales are estimated at 20 for C-Max Energi for September (~164 YTD) and 8 for Fusion Energi in September (~83 YTD).  Focus Electric sales are typically in the single digits, though September’s results remain unknown at this time.

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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Well the VOLT, GM’s most Reliable car, would be perfect for Canada. It’s a big country.

It’s interesting that the numbers are so low. But I guess it doesn’t take into account used vehicle sales. Our family owns two Nissan Leafs. Both are US imports, likely lease returns. It would be interesting to see what the numbers are for registered, insured operating EVs in Canada.

It’s nice to know that our friends to the North don’t despise American cars as much as “Americans” do. Thanks for your support!

What country makes Teslas? When you are done examining your prostate, please remove your head from your anal canal. So you can see the numbers better.

At least in the Toronto area, most people are Toyota/Honda fans. (Likely the reason even those 11 Prius sales happened despite much better options :p)

Given the lack of options if you want to drive electric, many of those getting in to a volt are Toyonda fans that would have never bought GM otherwise. Good to see some opening their mind a little before outright dismissing a vehicle because it’s not from the ‘only brand that’s good’ (in their eyes at least).
Of course, the majority will still never look beyond a single nameplate. But it’s their loss. 😉

I live out in the the country about 150klm from Toronto and the same from Kingston. As soon as Nissan gets the Leaf out with a close to 300 kilometre range, I will be standing in line for one. I have to drive 16k to the nearest gas station. I have electricity at the house so it’s kind of a no brainer to go electric at some point. I’m just never going to own a GM product again. So the Volt is out of the question and Ford and Chrysler have nothing really that appeals to my EV wants.

I do not know how much warming your area gets from lake Ontario, or what other vehicles you have access to. But I would be really weary about loss of range on fully electric cars on the few days when the temperature drops below -40C°. The rest of the time you shouldn’t have a problem. PHEVs are ideal for these conditions, because if your batteries are dead you only need to plug the car into any outlet for about 15 min to get enough of a charge to start the engine.

Sorry, metricly challenged american here. I was thinking 5°F which is -15°C not -40° C

-40C is realistic. I bought my 2014 leaf 1st Feb this year. Drove it daily 60-80 km. In canada your heat is always running in the winter and we would run our battery down to 20km before getting home. Range needs to double before more Canadians risk taking their children out in -40 weather where getting stranded means life or death..that’s the reason volt is winning up here.

You are selling yourself short by eliminating the volt. I had sworn off gm products but gave the volt a chance and it has been simply incredible. Anyone who drives my car is super impressed and I have had 100,000 mostly problem free Kms on it (being one of the first in Canada to take delivery in sept 2012

“Sales of the Volt checked in at 145 units in Canada in September, a decline compared to the 186 sold in August.”
How does it compare to Sept 2013?

Of interest – previous year Volt sales in Canada:

Sept 2013 – 59
Sept 2012 – 214
Sept 2011 – 143 (Volt’s first month in Canada)


It’s an increase of 146% compared to Sept. 2013.

(59 vs. 145)

Switzerland Sales Year to August 2014:
Tesla S 314
BMW i3 257
Renault Zoe 233
Nissan Leaf 59
Opel Ampera 48
Chevy Volt 35
Citroen C Zero 7

The real reason for the low volt numbers is it is supply limited by GM. Go try to find and buy a volt in Ontario. Almost impossible. And the volt has been the most reliable car I’ve ever driven – and I’ve driven many domestic and imports.