Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 245% In Canada In August

SEP 10 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

Canada continues its strong growth of plug-in electric car sales.

August was one of the most successful months of plug-in electric car sales in Canada. According to latest registrations data with some dose of estimations, Green Car Reports says that 4,460 plug-in cars were sold last month, which is 245% more than a year ago at nearly 2.5% market share.

Because the time to utilize $14,000 CAD incentives to purchase EVs in Ontario coming to an end (for cars ordered on or before July 11 the delivery need to be done by September 10) it could be one of the last such stellar months in the near term.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Canada – August 2018

Anyways, the two best-selling models in Canada – the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV set new personal sales records in August – 1,050 and 837, respectively (2,329 Tesla Model 3s sold in June is out of range).

The best selling plug-ins in Canada in August:

  • Nissan LEAF – 1,050 (3,876 YTD)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 837 (3,848 YTD)
  • Tesla Model 3 – expected 500 and 3,400 YTD
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 373 (2,624 YTD)
  • Chevrolet Volt – 315 (3,320)
  • Ford Fusion Energi – expected 200 (1,216 YTD)

Turning some attention back to July (since registration data often arrive late), higher sales than Model 3 in were noted by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (598 – new high) and Nissan LEAF (decent 418). Two other PHEVs with strong sales are the Toyota Prius Prime (381) and Chevrolet Volt (276).

Plug-in electric car registrations in Canada – August 2018

Source: Green Car Reports

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I am confused as to why the Outlander sales are so much larger in Canada than the US (10x the market).

No one in the US knows the Outlander PHEV even exists besides EV fans that read sites like this. Mitsubishi kinda died as a brand in the US. It’s pretty darned small.

Mitsubishi has been advertising its Outlander here in Canada as well in mainstream print media as well as social media. Seems like they actually want to sell it.

PHEVs tend do do better in Canada. Probably because of the bitter cold and and spread-out land, people like to know they have a backup. Also, sedans are losing market to SUVs. It’s also not uber pricey.

Yep – big place and very few charge points – even the Tesla supercharger network is poor.
PHEV makes a lot of sense to current buyers.

For fun, go to the Tesla site and plan a trip from Ottawa to Sudbury in a Model X 75.
It’s almost a straight line on the biggest highway in the area (mostly on Trans Canada highway) – about 475 km.
The trip through the Tesla supercharger network is about 825km (About 75% farther and more than double the time).

Try to extend that trip a little further down the same road to Sault Ste Marie. You’d have to leave Canada to get there 😉

The Telsa Supercharger network isn’t that much of a benefit up here yet 😉

F150 speaks the truth… It’s easy to drive between Quebec City and Niagara Falls through Toronto on the 401 but it’s rough to go east from Ottawa. I did the Sault Ste Marie to Ottawa run in my Tesla 3 this summer and I had to use destination chargers to make it (plus the Sudbury Supercharger, of course). Even with that, I got back to Ottawa on empty. Not a good feeling.

Tesla shows that it’s planing on filling out the trans-Canada highway but is not showing any recent permits nor construction. I think that Tesla has slowed down the building out of the Canadian Supercharger infrastructure for two reasons: 1) The Ford government cutting the EV rebate and 2) Tesla’s quest to made good on their promise to be profitable in the third quarter to appease the stock markets.

I hope Tesla goes back to building Supercharges in Canada as they are critical to EV adoption.

It’s the 10th most sold EV so far this year, globally. 80% of the sales for Model S, for instance.

So what happened to the Bolt? Was it really less than 200 units?
It was the 2nd best seller in the first half.

Well, at least in our local dealership (Vernon BC) they inform they are allotted 2 cars a year. For all intense purposes GM is no longer an EV manufacturer in some parts of the country. Same for VW, Kia, Hyundai, BMW. Really your choices here in the Okanagan are Leaf or Tesla although either way it’s still a three month wait. We chose Leaf this time around.

No inventory. Bolt is a bad joke in Canada. The dealer in Vancouver was bragging to me that he sold the most EVs of any dealer in western Canada last year at like 40. Meanwhile the Nissan dealership in Victoria is shifting 40 Leafs a month

What? My dealer had 7 2019 models on order – placed in early June.
I got mine last week.

AFAIK, from this order, 5 are already sold and on their way – probably delivered this week on the next.
Also, he told me he ordered additional cars that will be produced mid-September and early October.

BTW, I’m located in QC.

Being the ONLY ZEV province has helped QC plugin buyers access options,and get delivery.

BC may follow your lead soon.

Self imposed poor delivery numbers.The dealer allocation to an urban center like Toronto reflects it. One dealer said they have only sold about 15 Bolt EVs ,total! Inquire with area dealerships,and they have no idea about their allocation from GM. Dealerships claim they can’t being in inventory,orders have to be consumer purchases. Prior to the new Ontario government(2018), dealerships told prospective Bolt EV buyers there would be a one year wait. IF the latter three remarks are false,then dealerships are doing a bang up job NOT selling GM’s only BEV in Canada’s largest city, most populous region

So, almost as many Leafs sold in Canada last month as in the US.
Even accounting for the Ontario rush, this is a staggering ratio.
– Canada is far more spread out than the US (for those fearing 150 miles are not enough)
– Except for the Vancouver-Victoria area, Canada has a harsh winter where EV ranges can easily be 30-50% shorter in some days.

Actually, the second point is true for Norway as well, where Leafs are selling like hotcakes (980 in July, nearly 7k Jan-Jul).

It increasingly seems that the US is the odd man out regarding demand for any modern BEV not named Tesla.

Sales of EVs are strong in Canada in spite of the fact that there is zero stock at any dealerships. Cars sold in August were all ordered three to 12 months ago. EV sales could have been even higher if there were cars in stock. Now that the Ontario subsidies have ended, sales will probably drop like a rock, unless Nissan Canada wakes up and starts shipping LEAFs to the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia (where there are still subsidies).