2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF

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.  In June, LEAF sales remained above 100 with 101 units sold.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Volt had a break out month in June.  May sales for the Volt were 59 units, but in June that figure jumped to a remarkable 120 units.

However, it still seems quite likely that the Tesla Model S outsold both of the plug-in models listed above in June.  In March, Model S sales were 250 units.  Then, in April, Model S sales checked in at 167.  That was followed by 178 sold in May.  We expect June sales to be in line with the previous few months, so it's likely the Model S was June's best-selling electric car in Canada, a title the Model S has held every month this year.

Meanwhile, sales of the BMW i3 remained higher than usual with 49 units sold in June. Typical monthly volume is in the 20-30 unit range, but the past 3 months have seen sales at nearly double the typical volume.

There was one more strong performer in Canada. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with typically monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, sold 16 units in June in Canada. That's down 5 units from the 21 i-MiEVs sold in May.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

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: 3
  • 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 900 units. The Nissan LEAF is number two with YTD sales of 488 and the Volt is #3 with YTD sales of 425 units. There’s only one other plug-in electric car with over 100 sales YTD in Canada. it’s the BMW i3 at 255 units.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car