Canada Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales October 2015


2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF

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

The Chevrolet Volt, after selling 167 cars in August fell back a bit in September to 126 units – but was still keeping firmly in the triple digits. But for October, the arrival of the new 2016 Volt pushed sales over 200 units to 203 sold – a number we expect to close in on 300 in November and December.

For the Nissan LEAF, the 84 mile EV set a new year high in September with 144 sold, eclipsing the old record set back in April with 127 EVs sold, but sales fell off in October to 113 units sold as (like in the US), Canadians are patiently waiting the longer range 2016 model to arrive in November.

Turning our attention to the Tesla Model S, we see that in March the all-time high was set with 250 sold before the company fell back a little over the summer (157 registrations in August, 167 in July). September brought a new record high for Model S sales with 255 sold. Data for October is not yet available.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Meanwhile, sales of BMW i cars (i3 and i8) combined for 50 units sold in September according to the company. Unfortunately, BMW does not always break out i3 and i8 sales individually in Canada. However, we see that 41 i3s were sold in Canada in October (no data on i8 October sales yet).

The Kia Soul EV has recently become a player in the Canadian market, as well. Although we don’t have October numbers yet (the company, like in the US, doesn’t like to give these figures out), 209 have been registered through the end of September this year, beating the 208 registered in all of 2014.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV normally has monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, and again sold 9 units in October in Canada.

Here are the rest of the October’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 ~5-10 units)
  • Cadillac ELR: 0
  • 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 October sales data yet 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 well over 1,500 units. The Chevrolet Volt is number two with 1,071 sales YTD, and the Nissan LEAF is number three with 963 sales YTD.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car and Green Car Reports

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Count EVs, don’t pad it with PHEVs,

What is it in PH-EV that you don’t understand? Is it the PH or the EV?

Especially when a 2016 Volt probably has more electric mile range than a degraded 2011 Leaf.

Normally I’d disagree… But in the Canadian winter, you might be right.

53 miles in the middle of February seems about right. Of course that depends on all the other factors. (speed, driving conditions, blasting the heater because you want the inside of your car to be like Jamaica, etc)

The “H” means more oil burned. We must stop it!

I think you mean More “Hoil” burned…..l o l

Stop it with the Hoilier than thou attitude. 😉

Yes lets all be according to Hoyle.

If it has an engine, it is NOT an EV.

To SJC . You are an other mr perfect man .
What do you drive yourself .Myself I drive an old 2011 Volt And I run on pure electric at 80%of the time for the 20%on gasoline is for long trip and for the engine that start due to the cold .
So far no battery degradation .

Okay, then let’s only count EV’s where the household doesn’t have another gas vehicle to fall back to for longer trips.

*Rolls eyes*

What’s more annoying, this continued exclusion or the hydrogen argument? It’s a toss up….

Or rent one or borrow a friends. It starts getting really silly when you strive for purity.

Purity of essence–General Jack D. Ripper.

Maybe SJC is like me, Desperation to see the snail pace that the car companies hold us to in this so called green transition.
What happened to the ~100 miles ranged EVs of 15 years ago? Hybrids are a means to fulfill the main goal of the petro-automobile cartel : delay as much as possible the transition toward a oil-less transportation sector. We could easily have 500 miles ranged BEVs by now if there was any genuine competition between ICE car makers.

Meanwhile we are facing what could be the biggest threat of all mankind history right now, and the most effective weapon to counteract climate change is ditching the hydrocarbon burning.

Sure, but the 2016 Volt with 50+ AER is not a delay; it’s 90+% of the way to an oil-less future. The plugin prius? THAT car is a joke and a delay tactic, but the Volt is a far cry from the other hybrids.

The Volt replaced the 18 years old EV1, so it is a clear regression. If GM would have been forced to follow the BEV only path as intended, there would be not one hybrid and a lot of long range BEVs from all companies. The original CARB goal was 2% of EVs for 1998 and 10% for 2003. It was doableand realistic but car companies, oil companies and Petro-Bush lobbied hard to make it derail.

It took tiny Tesla to show the world how superior are BEVs, and how the hybrid step is so unnecessary. Only another wat to delay BEV era.
BTW the Prius wave was concentrated in California. Even now people ask me if my Prius is a hybrid, and how does it work.

The Volt is really the best of Hybrids, but it’s still a F***ing unefficient amphibian. The global urgency command much better.

I think you mean inefficient, not unefficient. But either way, you’re wrong. Just look at the MPGe ratings, which are a measure of efficiency. The 2016 Volt has a combined 106 MPGe rating, while the 2015 Telsa P90D has a combined 93 MPGe ratinge, and the 2015 Nissan Leaf has a combined 112 MPGe rating.

Efficiency is great but it is not the only measure. A modern coal fired power station is between 35-45% efficient. This is almost double the efficiency of a solar panel but who cares if the exhaust is reflected sunshine and a bit of heat? Even though I hate using it as a metric, if you drive a Tesla 40 miles per day with 1, 200 mile long trip per month you will use more energy than in a 2016 Volt or a BMW i3 with a Rex. The volt would use around 6000 kWh of energy per year with the model S 90D using around 6300 kWh. The numbers for the i3 would be even more in favor for the PHEV especially if you increased your daily drive to say 70 miles per day. So the PHEV’s are more efficient. If you take into account refining / processing losses the volt would work out almost identical to the Tesla (i.e. around 6300 kWh). I don’t think it is fair to include the refining costs unless you include the generation losses at which point the efficiency argument between Volt and Tesla would become meaningless as it would be more to do… Read more »

“The Volt replaced the 18 years old EV1, so it is a clear regression.”


Apparently, it has saved more gasoline than EV1 ever did…

Don’t let good be the enemy of perfect.

Lol! Apparently, you cannot imagine another possible better time line..

“BTW the Prius wave was concentrated in California. Even now people ask me if my Prius is a hybrid, and how does it work.”

You must live among “idiots”. LOL

So, you drive a Prius? Why don’t you get a BEV or PHEV then?

Disinformed or uninformed people are not idiots! idiot!

I often do long road trips so… I will get a used Leaf next year as a second car, waiting for Model 3
My financial means are modests.

“Disinformed or uninformed people are not idiots! idiot!”

Okay, fine. Ignorance. That is a choice!

So, you don’t even drive anything with even a plug.

I guess talk is cheap.

Oh you drive a pretend electric car,
now I understand why your comments are not in line with is EREV or BEV owners.

Do yourself a favour trade in the prius and get something with EV goodness in it 🙂

“Meanwhile we are facing what could be the biggest threat of all mankind history right now, and the most effective weapon to counteract climate change is ditching the hydrocarbon burning.”

Does that include immediately shutting down all natural gas and coal power plants that make electricity to charge EVs? Wouldn’t that crash the grid?

If we don’t include PHEV, then EV sales number will look even worse by about 50%.

Is that what you want?

Plus, even PHEV as in “EV” saves gasoline directly and drives on electricity.

You are just nitpicking.

Sure. The closest plug-in station to where I live (Kapuskasing) is 260 km (165 miles) away. Unless the other 6 local EV enthousiasts and I (all Volt owners) want get standed somewhere before Cochrane or Timmins at 40 below, PHEVs are a necessity.

This why PHEVs matter.
There is a whole different world beyond large cities.

Not that your point isn’t perfectly valid but, according to plugshare, there is a charger in Cochrane, which is 119km away, and also Timmins.

SJC, keep your exclusionary religious opinions to yourself. Most of us on this site are pretty open to any kind of electric car.

Nothing more annoying than EV purist snobs.

Look, I’m a pure EV guy myself. But I realize that it is not for everyone and that things would be much better if lots of people bought PHEVs instead of ICE or hybrids. Small steps.

Also, pure EVs are not really good in cold areas unless you can afford a Tesla.

Words words words.

Would love a table design for the Canada monthly report ongoing.

I second that!


I calculate a market share of 0.4% for plugins in October. Come on Canada, step it up! You can’t let the US beat you in doing the right thing 🙂