2013 EV Sales In Canada: Which province took first place in September?

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In Canada, over 70% of vehicle sales in the first nine months of 2013 came from three provinces: BC, Ontario, and Quebec.

Electric Sales in BC, Quebec, and Ontario for the First Three Quarters of 2013

Electric Sales in BC, Quebec, and Ontario for the First Three Quarters of 2013

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.

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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.

Electric Vehicle Sales in Quebec, Ontario, and BC along with Gas Prices

Electric Vehicle Sales in Quebec, Ontario, and BC along with Gas Prices – Jan-Sep 2013

Data: This analysis was completed using data derived from Electric Mobility Canada, Polk data, Matthew Klippenstein’s Canadian EV Sales Summary, GoodCarBadCar, and Statistics Canada.

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    The sale numbers may be more related to what the manufacturers were able to deliver. For example, in Q2 there were absolutely no Leaf in stock in Quebec, then a batch was delivered in July/August … then almost none in the last quarter!!!

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