We've now got numbers on our neighbors to the north.
With 2012 officially in the books, plug-in sales data is trickling in from countries around the globe. This time it's Canada that we'll present in a by-the-numbers approach.
For 2012, plug-in vehicles represented only 0.1 percent (approximate figure) of the total automotive market in Canada. That's 1,800 out of the 1.7 million vehicles sold in Canada last year.
In 2012, the Nissan LEAF was in a distant second place.
High prices are blamed for weak sales of plug-in vehicles in Canada and the government's lack of incentives certainly doesn't help the cause. Canada offers no federal-level credits for purchasing plug-ins.
The Chevy Volt sits on top of the 2012 sales chart by a significant margin. In 2012, sales of the Volt in Canada hit 1,225 units. The number two plug-in, the Nissan LEAF, checked in at a measly 240 units. In third was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at 196 units and rounding out the top four was the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (63 units).
For the sake of comparison, the US' year-to-date results for 2012 were as follows: Chevy Volt (23,641 units), Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (12,750 units) and Nissan LEAF (9,819 units). Plug-in vehicles accounted for roughly 0.3 percent (estimated at 49,962 units) of the 15.38 million automobiles sold in the US in 2012.
Only The i-MiEV Fared Better In Canada (as a percentage) Than In The US, Selling Almost 200 Copies