In Canada, over 70% of vehicle sales in the first nine months of 2013 came from three provinces: BC, Ontario, and Quebec.
For plug-in vehicle sales, these same three provinces accounted for over 95% of sales in Canada!
The quarterly summary of BEV and PHEV sales are shown in the graphic here at the right.
To get a sense of penetration rates, we need to look on a fraction-of-total-sales basis. Looking on a %-of-total sales basis shows that for the first quarter of 2013 British Columbia has a plug-in fraction of 0.34%. Over twice the national average, but only just over half of the US number, and a far cry from the whopping 12% posted in Norway last month.
The penetration rated dipped for BC in Q2, followed by a resurgence in Q3. Ontario and Quebec have had notably different trajectories, with Ontario experience a decay in plug-in vehicle sales while Quebec is surging.
To understand what role gas prices may have, the plot below shows the average pump price on the right for major cities in each of the three provinces and the plug-in vehicle penetration rates on the left.
The big news:
Quebec overtook BC for the highest fraction of plug-in vehicle sales in Canada in the third quarter. And with the Quebec government’s recent announcement of its focus on electric vehicles it appears Quebec is unlikely to give up the top spot any time soon.