Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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

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.  Volt sales shot up even higher in July with 150 units sold.

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. But in July, LEAF sales fell below 100 units at 94 sold for the month.

However, it still seems quite likely that the Tesla Model S outsold both of the plug-in models listed above in July. 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 and a remarkable 242 units sold in June.  July's figures aren't available yet, but we do expect the Model S to be in either first or second place on the sales chart.

Meanwhile, sales of the BMW i3 remained higher than usual with 43 units sold in July. Typical monthly volume is in the 20-30 unit range, but the past 3 months have seen sales at above the typical volume.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with typically monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, sold 8 units in July in Canada. That’s down 8 units from the 16 i-MiEVs sold in June.

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
  • 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 1,000 units. The Nissan LEAF is number two with YTD sales of 582 and the Volt is #3 with YTD sales of 575 units. Next, it’s the BMW i3 at 203 units.

*Some sales data via Good Car Bad Car