2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Chevrolet Volt
It's time once again to take a look at plug-in electric vehicle sales in Canada.
The Chevrolet Volt, after selling 167 cars in August fell back a bit in September to 126 units – but was still keeping firmly in the triple digits. But for October, the arrival of the new 2016 Volt pushed sales over 200 units to 203 sold. In November, sales fell backwards a bit to 178 units.
For the Nissan LEAF, the 84-mile EV set a new year high in September with 144 sold, eclipsing the old record set back in April with 127 EVs sold, but sales fell off in October to 113 units sold as (like in the US), Canadians are patiently waiting the longer range 2016 model to arrive in November. November sales shot upwards to 148 units, an all-time record for LEAF sales in Canada.
Turning our attention to the Tesla Model S, we see that in March the all-time high was set with 250 sold before the company fell back a little over the summer (157 registrations in August, 167 in July). September brought a new record high for Model S sales with 255 sold, followed by 138 in October. November's sales results are not yet known for the Model S - but they are expected to compete with the year high.
Meanwhile, sales of BMW i cars (i3 and i8) combined for 50 units sold in November, according to the company. Unfortunately, BMW does not always break out i3 and i8 sales individually in Canada.
Tesla Model S
The Kia Soul EV has recently become a player in the Canadian market, as well. Although we don’t have November numbers yet (the company, like in the US, doesn’t like to give these figures out), we do see that 56 were registered in October and that 204 have been registered from July through October.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV normally has monthly sales in Canada in the single digits, and again sold 8 units in November in Canada.
Meanwhile, sales of the Chevrolet Spark EV in Canada checked in at 11 units in October, but data for November isn't available at this time.
Here are the rest of the October’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 ~5 units)
- Cadillac ELR: Unknown at this time (we estimate ~1-2 units)
- 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.
Looking at the YTD figures, the Model S is the clear leader with estimated YTD sales at well over 1,600 units. The Chevrolet Volt is number two with 1,249 sales YTD, and the Nissan LEAF is number three with 1,111 sales YTD.