Nissan LEAF Sales Up in Canada in May; Chevy Volt Sales Rise a Bit Too
JUN 4 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY
Sales of electric vehicles north of the border continue to be rather low, but there’s still some upward progress to report.
Sales of the Nissan LEAF in Canada in May checked in at 31 units. That’s 8 more than Nissan sold there in May 2012 and the 31 units bring Nissan’s YTD total for the LEAF to 235 units.
A further look at these figures show that the LEAF’s YTD mark thus far in 2013 – 235 units, is double the results sold through the first five months of 2012 at 117 LEAFs.
So, sales may seem tepid in Canada, but improvement is improvement no matter how minute the figures.
It should be noted that those were 2012 LEAFs, while those 2013 Model Year LEAFs, with discounted price tags, are soon to arrive in Canada with several upgrades that should boost sales further.
On the General Motors’ side, sales of the Chevy Volt, at 77 units for May, are coming on stronger too, despite some pretty thing inventories. Previously, 64 were sold in April; so again, the Volt is showing some signs of improvement in terms of sales north of the border. Back in May of 2012, Chevy sold 211 Volts in Canada.
The YTD total for the Volt in Canada now stands at 317 units.
Other notables are listed below:
- Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: 22 units sold in May; YTD total of 130 versus 63 in first five months of 2012.
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 22 units sold in May; YTD total of 81 versus 196 for all of 2012.
However, at least for the i-MiEV, it’s worth pointing out that it’s not discounted like it is in the US, and that 2013 Model Year i-MiEVs are available in Canada. That’s not true in the States were only 2012s are available and in very limited numbers.
Additionally, pricing for the i-MiEV in Canada went up by roughly $1,000 for Model Year 2013.