It’s time once again to take a look at plug-in electric vehicle sales in Canada.
And this time, for the month of October, a new champ emerged.
The Chevy Volt had been the reigning champ for what seems like forever, but in October, the Nissan LEAF came out on top.
Nissan LEAF sales checked in at 113 units sold in Canada in October (identical to the 113 sold in both September and August).
For the LEAF, this is the only sixth time ever that sales have topped 100 in Canada (May 2014: 101; June 2014: 104; July 117; August 113; September 113).
The 117 units sold in July still is the single-month record for Nissan LEAF sales in Canada. YTD, LEAF sales are now at 918 units in Canada, compared to 470 sold in the whole of 2013.
Meanwhile, sales of the Volt checked in at 107 units in Canada in October, a decline compared to the 145 sold in September. YTD, 1,401 Volts have been sold in Canada this year, easily besting the 913 sold in all 0f 2013.
Tesla Emblem On Model S
Tesla Model S sales figures aren’t available in Canada at this time. Estimating a figure is rather difficult, given the wild swings we’ve seen thus far in terms of monthly sales this year. However, we suspect that we can safely say that in October, Model S sales were in the 25 to 100-unit range. Known Tesla Model S sales figures for the year in Canada are as follows:
January: 20 February: 19 March: 119 April: 71 May: 61 June: 104 July:48 August: 25 September: 194
YTD excluding October: 661
We don’t yet have figures for BMW i3 in its sixth month of availability in Canada, but in its first five months it sold a total of 139 units and never less than 22 in a single month, nor higher than 34 in a month. So, let's say that i3 sales in October were ~30.
Smart Fortwo ED sales in July checked in at a rather remarkable 79 units, followed by an even more spectacular 133 sold in August. But after August, sales results vanish, meaning we don't have data for September or October yet.
Here are the rest of the October results from the typically low-volume sellers in Canada:
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: 5 (68 YTD) Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 12 (98 YTD) Cadillac ELR: 5 (YTD 36)
Ford’s PHEV sales are unknown for October at this time. Typical monthly volume is ~ 20 C-Max Energis and ~10 Fusion Energis. Likewise, Focus Electric sales are small, in the single digits most months.
In terms of total 2013 numbers, here’s how plug-ins fared in Canada:
Chevy Volt – 931 Tesla Model S – 638 Nissan LEAF – 470 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – 222 Toyota Prius Plug In – 212 Ford C-Max Energi – 199 Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 177 Ford Fusion Energi – 116 Ford Focus Electric – 103 Cadillac ELR – 4