Chevrolet Bolt, Volt & Nissan LEAF Sales Improve In Canada For February

8 months ago by Eric Loveday 16

Chevrolet Volt At A Dealership in Canada (this particular Volt was actually the first ever 2nd gen Volt delivery anywhere – at Bourgeois Chevrolet in Quebec)

Canadian sales for the first two months of 2017 are in, and like in the US, the Chevrolet Volt is the clear leader.

Volt sales in January 2017 hit a very solid 256 units sold in Canada. That result was followed by 266 Volts sold in February, bringing the two-month total to 522 Volt sold thus far in Canada in 2017; making they Chevy the best selling plug-in for Canada.

If one wants to make a comparison to the US, the American market in 2016 was almost exactly 9x larger than that of Canada.  Meaning the 266 Volt sales in Canada for February, and the 522 sold YTD is roughly equivalent to 2,400 and 4,700 sales (respectively) in the US.

First Canadian Bolt EV delivered (image via Facebook/Canada Chevy Bolt EV Owners Group)

Trailing behind the Volt was the Nissan LEAF, after selling 65 units in January, sales doubled in February to 113 moved. The LEAF’s two-month Canadian sales total stands at 178 units.

Meanwhile, sales of the Chevy Bolt kicked off in January in Canada by logging just 6 sales on very limited shipments. February was much stronger (albeit still with a strong dealer inventory availability issues), with 86 units sold. Its two-month total stands at 92 units.

Very few manufacturers take the time to split-out and report plug-in electric car sales in Canada (and we aren’t inclined to go and do the footwork ourselves as we do every month in the US), so aside from the 20 i3/i8 sales in January and the 21 in February and 9 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs sold in the first two months, we don’t have other two-month figures to report. However, we do know that Tesla sold 100 Model S and 114 Model X in January (February figures weren’t available yet at time of press).

Source: Good Car Bad Car

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16 responses to "Chevrolet Bolt, Volt & Nissan LEAF Sales Improve In Canada For February"

  1. Ronson says:

    Leaf needs definitely more range. 24kWh version (old one) even with LeafBox range extender gives you 100-107 miles of range. Bolt is far better.

    1. G2 says:

      That depends on what it is used for. The Leaf was designed for the 85% of commuters that run 50km or less (round trip per day). The Volt would mean you are carrying an ICE engine around needlessly for this type of commute. So to say the Volt is “better” isn’t necessarily true.
      Want to road trip on the weekends? Then “yes” the the Volt is “better”.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        By the same reasoning, anyone who doesn’t have a commute that fully depletes the battery of the Leaf is needlessly carrying around battery weight too, are they not?

    2. Jason says:

      I hope Nissan keeps the 30kWh model as a lower priced option for the next generation. It needs to be refreshed but it’s also important that prices drop as range increases and for some 170 km of range is sufficient. I hope they follow Tesla’s lead and offer something like this:

      Leaf 30 – 172km/106mi range, US$25k
      30 kWh battery pack
      6.6 kWh J1772 AC charger
      50 kWh CHAdeMO

      Leaf 60 – 344km/213mi range, US$35k
      60 kWh battery pack
      10 kWh J1772 AC charger
      100 kWh CHAdeMO

      Leaf 90 – 516km/320mi range, US$45k
      90 kWh battery pack
      19 kWh J1772 AC charger
      150 kWh CHAdeMO

      1. Bill Howland says:

        I’ll take a 90 kwh version.

        Going to the Hamilton EV club tonight…. It will be interesting to see how many of those 94 BOLTS will be there besides mine.

      2. Neromanceres says:

        You can’t simply linearly extrapolate battery size and range. Twice the battery size does not net twice the range. As larger batteries are heavier which decreases vehicle efficiency. For example a Model S 75D is more efficient than a Model S 100D simply because it’s lighter.

      3. Jason says:

        I doubt they could fit 90kWh battery yet, but maybe a 45kWh battery (ala Z0E)?
        I think Nissan should drop CHAdeMO, or add CCS as well. Who else is still providing CHAdeMO in the Next Gen cars? It would be better if they conceded and a standard is adopted. It would make Charge Points simpler for installers, and makes for a simpler plug design for consumers as well.

  2. Jean-François Morissette says:

    This is funny because your sales report for the US is way better than GCR, but for Canada, GCR is doing all the works with the whole story each month!

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I find it ironic that Jay Cole spends so much time and effort on his Monthly Plug-in Sales Scorecard every month, a series which concentrates on U.S. sales, yet (if my understanding is correct) he lives in Canada!

      1. Jay Cole says:

        I am in Canada ~8 months of the year (balance in the US). But the truth of the matter is, while I could do it and grab all the data…it’s a freaking hard job to do right/comprehensively, lol.

        Probably takes me a good ~10-12 hours to run down all the data and do the follow-up reports on the US market. It would probably take 5-6 hours to do the same job for Canada.

        We used to do a better job for Canada, but at end of the day, about 100,000 readers check out the US numbers each month, and only about 1,000 for Canada …so we try to put our resources in the areas people are interested.

        So you don’t get to know if 4 Hyundai Sonata PHVs were sold in Canada last month, or 5, (=

  3. Delta says:

    When is the IONIQ coming to Canada and what will be the price? If it is near 30K – it will be very tempting to lease with the 14K rebate in Ontario…

    1. Matthew Fabb says:

      It’s been reported by the media that the Ioniq will be around $35,000 for the base model and around $42,000 the Limited Edition. However, those prices still aren’t confirmed. Still that’s around $21,000 to $28,000 in Ontario with the rebate which is very reasonable.

      1. Delta says:

        The 2017 Ford Focus FFE is listed at 32 K with a 33.5 kwh battery. I assume that Hyundai can’t be more expensive than that – do you think?

      2. Neromanceres says:

        Keep in mind the 14K rebate in Ontario is only applied after a 13% sales tax. So your after incentive figures are not accurate.

  4. Chris says:

    I ordered my Bolt EV in February. My Canadian dealer (Ottawa) tells me I am number 6 on his list and I might see mine in the fall. The first Bolt sold by the dealership has already been delivered. I could be waiting 6+ months for my car. Does GM really want to sell more cars? You hear of the price of Bolts being discounted in California. Why do I need to wait so long?

    1. cmg186 says:

      I ordered mine in December, and still don’t have a build date/vin.

      It seems CARB credits are more of a priority than sales figures.