Plug-In Electric Car Sales Canada May 2015 – Tesla Model S Holds Commanding YTD Lead


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

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19 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales Canada May 2015 – Tesla Model S Holds Commanding YTD Lead"

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Small numbers, but Tesla sales are really picking up in Canada. The highest two consecutive sales months are now March and April ’15 with a combined 417. Let’s hope May continues that trend!

Are the Ford Energi’s not sold in Canada? I would have expected them to sell OK if so.

LOL, missed the 3rd bullet point. Those low figures amaze me.

Population : U.S. 318 millions , Canada 35 millions. No federal support or incentives at all from Petro – Harper , and only 3 provinces with incentives.
We’re doing pretty good in Québec 🙂

YEA, They’re So “TIGHT” With “BIG OIL” & tax on tax…I heard, They’re Thinking Of Passing a Law To Replace Electric Motors With “ICE” Motors In All Home Appliances, Ur Furnace/Air Cond. Blower Fans, Washing Machines, ETC:& all Ur other Home Appliances that have Electric motors in them., That Way They Can Get that “BIG” Tax in Ontario. & Have A Hay Day//L O L
.. …OOOoooops (((Not Funny)))I Better Not Give Them Any IDEA’s….

A little known fact is that Stephen Harper is the son of a senior executive at Imperial Oil (Esso, Exxon), and he worked there too. IMHO, he was chosen and formed to be prime minister, he is a willfull puppet of Big Oil.
…As the Bush family are all in the petrol business.

Thank You ,As Johnny Carson Would Say., “I Did Not Know That”!……& No Wonder!

yes I agree. he is a planted oilman.

Four big reasons: Zero advertising, low stock, lack of dealer knowledge, and cold weather (effects already limited battery range). I own a Fusion Energi (love it) but when I bought it, I spent more time educating the dealer than test driving.

I agree, Usually the Buyer Knows More about the product he/she is buying Because they Research & scrutinize the One Product …Where as the salesman Needs to Know About Many & Salesmen Usually Know more about the More Common Products that they sell most of that suits they Best Interest……..

I live on Vancouver Island and own a Leaf and a Volt. The weather is perfect here for EV, and the used market it massive. A few local private dealerships sell imported used electric vehicles exclusively and do really well. The actual manufacture dealership experience is pretty bad here.

I hope to buy a used leaf and I’m on Vancouver island too. You are correct. the weather is perfect here for EVs

You are so right Dustin; the Nissan dealership knew less than I, but the pre-owned guys in Sydney are a gold mine of info.

I live in Vancouver and am really disgusted with lack of government support for EVs. The very least they could do, and without cost, would be to allow EVs to use the HOV lanes, but they don’t even allow that.

Provincial governments here are all talk about cleaning up the environment.

I talked to the Kia dealership and they told me they had 6 kia souls ev to arrive in Canada this month. The soul EV’s have a 200 km range.

Hey Eric whats the chance of getting a chart made like you have for US sales? It would be nice to a have a quick reference for how sales are swinging over time.

Don’t bother with the chart. The numbers are so embarrassingly small that I would rather not see it.

i’m checking the aftermarket Tesla’s. The prices are dropping fast as current owners want to sell and get those p75d’s