Plug In Electric Vehicle Sales Canada April 2014 – Chevy Volt Dominates With Record-Setting Sales


Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Guess which vehicle topped the plug-in electric vehicle sales chart in Canada in April.

It’s no shocker that the Chevy Volt was #1 again in Canada.  However, the Volt’s long-standing #1 title was apparently stolen by the Tesla Model S in March.

Tesla sales are reported quarterly in Canada, so now that we have March Model S figures, we know that the Volt’s almost two-year reign as Canada’s #1 selling plug-in electric vehicle came to an end in March when the Model S outsold it 119 to 105.  The 119 figure for the Model S is a record for Canada, with the previous high water mark being 111 in March 2013.

Tesla Model S sales figures for the year in Canada are as follows:

  • January: 20
  • February: 19
  • March: 119

Meanwhile, the Chevy Volt set a record of its own.  Actually, with 222 sold in April, the Volt set an all-time record for most plug-in vehicles sold in a single month in Canada.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Turning out attention back to April, here are those sales results for Canada:

  • Chevrolet Volt: 222
  • Nissan LEAF: 77
  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: 11
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 10
  • Cadillac ELR : 4

Absent from that list is the Tesla Model S, which we won’t have figures on until Q2 comes to an end.

We won’t have data on Ford’s plug-in vehicles anytime soon, as the automaker only spits out those numbers for Canada on a semi-annual basis.

In terms of 2013 numbers, here’s how plug-ins fared in Canada:

  • Chevy Volt – 931
  • Tesla Model S – 638
  • Nissan LEAF – 470
  • Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – 222
  • Toyota Prius Plug In – 212
  • Ford C-Max Energi – 199
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 177
  • Ford Fusion Energi – 116
  • Ford Focus Electric – 103
  • Cadillac ELR – 4

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10 Comments on "Plug In Electric Vehicle Sales Canada April 2014 – Chevy Volt Dominates With Record-Setting Sales"

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The Chevy Volt would be a good car for Canada do to the cold. In that I wouldn’t trust a Nissan Leaf unless I had a very short commute or lots of charging stations nearby.

Agreed – liquid heat/cool systems would almost certainly have to be more efficient and durable in the climate extremes.

Yeah, if I lived in a cold place, I’d want an EV that has a good thermal management system that keeps the batteries warm while it is plugged in.

How do we explain the disparity in proportions between the Canadian and the US sales? Are there no HOV sticker privileges in Canada or varying tax incentives that would promote a BEV over a PHEV/EREV?

Probably better to chaulk it up to OEM motivation to sell. The MSRPs are not that varied, but few people actually ‘buy’ plug-ins outside of the Model S.

The bulk of plug-ins for North America are leased (80%ish) for what the credit (or rebate in Canada for the most populous areas) can do for the payments inside a lease structure.

However in Canada for the most part the lease rates are extremely high and the residuals very low.

For example if you went to lease a new Chevy Volt, the current offer is: $615/month + tax (which for say Ontario brings it up to $695)…depending on your region the rebate could bring this figure down by as much as $140. Lease fine print (60 M @ 7.99% – $11,964 residual off a $36,895 sticker)

…pretty much the same song for all plug-ins

i am from Canada and live in the USA …. the reason why is Chevrolet is keeping the volt as a good secret no publicity at all except that people like me telling there friend about it ,,,,,,,,,, so far i sold 4 volt to friend down to Quebec Canada

How aboot that, eh?

Any word on Canadian Spark EV fleet sales?

One of those would be me 😀

Some interesting things to note – GM does not advertise the volt here, I don’t think they want to sell them. But word of mouth keeps spreading, lol

Leases are pretty much not worth it unless you get tax write offs (business vehicle)
7.99% interest lease is ridiculous.

I actually wanted to do a factory order, and submitted my order before the cutoff in mid-april. Dealer informed me GM had rejected it – no more were to be built for Canada this model year.

Having a powerful onboard heater is a good thing for people in cold climate… =)

Imagine that! Canadians are more loyal to American autos than “Americans”.