Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

It’s time once again to take a look at plug-in electric vehicle sales in Canada.

We'll call this one the landslide edition, as in Tesla wins by a landslide.

For the month of January, the Tesla Model S easily lands in the #1 spot.

The Chevy Volt had been the reigning champ for what seems like forever, but in October, November and December, the Nissan LEAF came out on top, but just barely.

In January, the LEAF's reign came to an end, not entirely due to poor LEAF sales, but rather strong Model S & Chevy Volt sales.  Official Model S sales figures aren't available at this time, but we can easily peg sales at ~100 units, making it the winner by a wide margin.

Nissan LEAF sales checked in at 36 units in Canada in January, putting it in third place for the month behind the Chevrolet Volt.

For 2014, LEAF sales tallied a total of 1,085 in Canada, which is more than LEAF sales in 2011, 2012 and 2013 combined.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Meanwhile, sales of the Chevrolet Volt checked in at 71 units in Canada in January, a strong start for Chevy's plug-in.

For 2014, Volt sales equaled a total of 1,521 units, up from 931 sold in 2013 and above the Volt’s previous high of 1,225 sold in 2012.

Turning our attention back to Tesla, here are the known Tesla Model S sales figures for 2014 Canada:

  • January: 20
  • February: 19
  • March: 119
  • April: 71
  • May: 61
  • June: 104
  • July:48
  • August: 25
  • September: 194
  • October: 37
  • November: 26
  • December: 123
  • YTD 2014: 847
We don’t yet have figures for BMW i3 in its 9th month of availability in Canada, but in its first eight months it sold a total of 227 units and never less than 19 in a single month, nor higher than 36 in a month. So, let’s say that i3 sales in January were ~ 20-30 untis.

Smart Fortwo ED sales in July checked in at a rather remarkable 79 units, followed by an even more spectacular 133 sold in August. Smart ED sales then fell to only 69 in September, followed by only 9 in October, 23 in November and 26 in December.  January sales results are not yet available for the Fortwo ED.

Here are the rest of the January's results from the typically low-volume sellers in Canada:

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Unknown at this time (We estimate ~3-5 units)
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 3
  • Cadillac ELR: 4
Ford’s PHEV sales are unknown for January at this time. Typical monthly volume is ~ 20 C-Max Energis and ~10 Fusion Energis, but January is a slow month, so figure single digits for each of the Ford PHEVs. Likewise, Focus Electric sales are small, in the single digits most months and sometimes even zero.