Electric Vehicle Sales in Canada: Q3 2016 Update
Feb 2017 update: The final 2016 Canadian EV sales numbers are out!
The numbers are in – and it’s an exciting time for Canada.
In late 2014, Canada hit its milestone of 10,000 electric vehicles in the country. In early 2016, Canada surpassed the 20,000 plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles milestone.
After a strong third quarter, Canada is now well on its way to reaching the 30,000 mark.
Overall, Q3 electric vehicle sales were strong. Earlier this year, June 2016 was the first month where sales spiked over 1,000 EVs in just one month. While July dipped just below 1,000, August was back over 1,100, and September set a record of over 1,300 PHEVs and BEVs sold in Canada.
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Ontario and Quebec Leading the Way for a Strong 2016
After evaluating the year-over-year numbers, it is clear that Ontario’s and Quebec’s growth contributed greatly to the overall national numbers.
Quebec crushed it in Q3, showing a 69% growth rate. It had over 650 plug-ins registered in September alone!
Ontario also posted a whopping 77% growth rate in Q3.
BC showed a bump, but not quite as strong as the other two provinces. This is likely due to the fact that one year ago BC was riding a strong high from the return of the Clean Energy Vehicle for BC incentive.
With a giant spike in the market, the Chevrolet Volt has dominated EV sales in Canada. In both August and September, the Volt recorded over 450 sales, doubling the sales of the second highest volume PEV (the Tesla Model X) over that period.
As well, the BMW X5 PHEV had flown under our radar, with the first one being registered in January. This makes BMW the retailer with the most plug-in models available in Canada, now with 4 unique models.
Overall the highlights of the Canadian EV market for Q3 2016 are:
- As of Q3, Canadian EV sales are up by 60% from last year
- Sales are being led by the Chevrolet Volt
- Quebec continues to expand its EV adoption
- BMW now has the most plug in options of any single retailer
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As always, the data is sourced from R.L. Polk & Company registration data, industry executive interviews, and rounded out by Matthew Klippenstein’s Canadian EV Sales Summaries.
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