Canada Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales July 2013


Nissan LEAFs Ready to be Sold

Nissan LEAFs Ready to be Sold

It’s a tie.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Both the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF sold 42 units in Canada in July, putting the two plug-ins on top of the podium to share the lead.

It seems reasonable to assume that the Tesla Model S actually outsold both the Volt and LEAF by a slim margin, but those figures won’t be in for some time.  So, for right now, the Volt and LEAF are number 1.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Trailing the two top dogs are the Mitsubishi i-MiEV with only 16 units sold in July and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid at 14 units.

In terms of YTD totals, the Volt is king of the hill at 513 units.  The LEAF sits in the two spot with 290 and the Prius Plug-In comes in third with 162.  The i-MiEV YTD figure stands at 108 units.

Of note, the 2013 Nissan LEAF was announced for launch in Canada for July (with a reduced sticker price), though we that all of the 42 units sold were still Model Year 2012 LEAFs.  Perhaps next month there will be a significant uptick in LEAF sales.

UPDATE/EDITOR’S NOTE:  smart has also now reported numbers and an impressive (for them) 25 smart EDs were sold in Canada in July, bringing the YTD total up to 78

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How often does a $90k car outsell a $40k car? New Volt prices are $43k to $50k here. Exchange rate difference only 5%. Curiously not one single dealer ad I have seen mentions the $8k Ontario rebate, apparently a well kept secret. US price (before tax rebate) about the same as Canadian after the rebate. Why are Canadian cars about $6k more expensive than the US versions?

“How often does a $90k car outsell a $40k car?”
Probably a lot in Dubai. 🙂

I wonder why sales are so low in Canada. I mean, sure the USA has 10x the population of Canada, but even when adjusting for that, it is still very low.

Cold weather concerns? Lack of infrastructure? Higher prices?
I dunno. I don’t understand why sales are as low as they are in the US.
It’s a no-brainer to me.

Price gauging for us Canadians has obviously nothing to do with it.

Partly because most provinces in Canada do not provide any incentives. Mine certainly does not!
Unlike the EcoAuto program of the previous government, the current federal government does not offer any incentives either. So… there you have it: Higher costs relative to US $, poorer if not abysmal configuration options (ie: LEAF as an example), limited and even non-existent incentives.

About that higher costs: In addition to a higher MSRP, Canadians are not being offered the same lease rates that are seen in the US. And we have sale taxes to pay on top of that.
Manuel, what do you mean about abysmal configuration options for the LEAF?

What incentives does Canada provide? Anything?

I doubt Stephen ‘Tar Sands’ Harper would do much to help EVs. 🙁

There is no federal program, but there is some nice regional (provincial ones – where the bulk of the population lives)

Ontario – $8,500
Quebec – $8,000
B.C. – $5,000

Atleast for Vancouver, BC it has to be the net price. Climate is very similar to Seattle/Portland. They can easily travel from Vancouver all the way to Portland and beyond using the I-5 QC infrastructure. Oil is much costlier in BC etc.

How many smart electric drives were sold? I am guessing less than 10.

Hehe, I got you on that one scott

25 were sold in July, which brings the YTD total up to 78

…I’ll add that into the story, because it the scheme of things it is not insignificant

> “all of the 42 units sold were still Model Year 2012 LEAFs.”

These 42 units include 2013 models for sure. I know this for a fact because a friend of mine took delivery of his SV here in Ottawa at the end of July. He’s a pretty happy fellow. 🙂

July 18 to be more precise. There’s a picture of it on the Canada Nissan Leaf Owners Group on Facebook.

Any info about the two Ford Energi plug-in hybrids?