Glowing LEAF

Glowing LEAF

2015 Chevy Volt

2015 Chevy Volt

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

Back in April, the Nissan LEAF set an all-time record for single-month sales in Canada with 127 LEAFs sold. Nissan followed that up with a strong 112 LEAFs sold in May.

That figure soundly beats the 59 Chevrolet Volts sold in Canada in May.

But it seems quite likely that the Tesla Model S outsold both of the plug-in models listed above.  If April's 167 Model S sales are any indication of what to expect when May's figures are available, then it's quite possible that the Model S was #1 in May (Model S is confirmed #1 for each and every month so far in 2015).

Meanwhile, sales of the BMW i3 remained higher than usual with 59 units sold in May. Typical monthly volume is in the 20-30 unit range.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

There was one more strong performer in Canada. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with typically monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, sold 21 units in May in Canada. At 21 units, more i-MiEVs were sold in Canada last month then in the U.S. (18 units).

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)
  • Cadillac ELR: 2 (double the 1 unit sold in April)
  • Ford’s PHEV sales are unknown at this time. Typical monthly volume is ~ 15 C-Max Energis and ~15 Fusion Energis. Likewise, Focus Electric sales are small, in the single digits most months and sometimes even zero.
We have no sales data on the other remaining plug-in electric models.

Looking at the YTD figures, the Model S is the clear leader with  estimated YTD sales at over 600 units.  The Nissan LEAF is number two with YTD sales of 387 and the Volt is #3 with YTD sales of 305 units.  There's only one other plug-in electric car with over 100 sales YTD in Canada.  it's the BMW i3 at 206 units.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car