2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF

Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

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

For the month of March, it seems the Nissan LEAF has found its way back to the top of the charts.

The Chevy Volt had been the reigning champ for what seems like forever, but in October, November and December of 2014, the Nissan LEAF came out on top, but just barely.

In January, the LEAF’s reign came to an end due mainly to strong Model S sales.  The LEAF had fallen to third behind the Model S and the Chevy Volt.

But now, the LEAF is back at #1.

Nissan LEAF sales checked in at 74 units in Canada in March.

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

Meanwhile, sales of the Chevrolet Volt checked in at 68 units in Canada in March.

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.

Tesla Model S a

Tesla Model S a

Turning our attention back to Tesla, here are the known Tesla Model S sales figures for 2014 in Canada.  For January 2015, 99 were registered.  In February of this year, only 48 were registered.:

  • 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
Our estimate puts Model S sale at approximately 60-70 units for the month of March,  depending how quickly those 85Ds arrived - this number could be north of 100.  Official data won't be available for another several weeks.

Meanwhile, sales of the BMW i3 have remained steady, but low. In March, sales checked in at 29 units, down from the 31 sold in February. For 2014, BMW sold a total of 227 i3s in Canada.

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 2015 saw 4 sales, followed by 6 in February. March sales results are not yet available for the Fortwo ED.

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

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Unknown at this time, no longer reported for Canada (We estimate ~3-5 units)
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 8 i-MiEVs were sold in Canada in March
  • Cadillac ELR: 9
Ford’s PHEV sales are unknown 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 and sometimes even zero.

There was 1 Porsche 918 Spyder sold in Canada in March.