EV Sales in Canada: January 2014 Update & Provincial Summary

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Every few months I delve into the Canadian EV registration data for the team here at FleetCarma.  As always, there are some interesting highlights that are worth sharing.

As of the end of January 2014, there were 5,863 plug-in vehicles registered in Canada. 44% of those vehicles were battery-electric vehicles, and 56% were plug-in hybrids.

What is the breakdown by province?

A summary by province is shown below. The clear result is that Quebec is continuing its strong lead in the total number of plug-in registrations.

EV Sales by Province - as of January 31, 2014What is the breakdown by model?

The break-down by model is below, but the punchline is that the Chevrolet Volt is the dominant EV in Canada.  The Volt represents 45% of all plug-in vehicles in Canada.  In what may surprise a few readers, the Tesla is solidly in 3rd spot and is closing the gap on the 2nd place Leaf.

EV Sales by Model - as of January 31, 2014

EV Sales by Model – as of January 31, 2014

Although it is hidden in the break-down on the right, it is also worth noting that a few Cadillac ELR’s have been registered in Ontario in the past few months.

Interesting Provincial Highlights

The break-down of monthly PHEV and BEV sales by province are shown below.  Ontario has generally been the province with the highest BEV sales, but has been alternating with Quebec for top spot in the last half of 2013.  British Columbia surged to 2nd in December due to Model S sales.   The PHEV sales have been led by Quebec all year long, with the pace accelerating for Quebec in the Fall.

FleetCarma Monthly Sales By Province And Type - PHEV - Dec 2013

FleetCarma Monthly Sales By Province And Type – PHEV – Dec 2013

FleetCarma Monthly Sales By Province And Type - BEV - Dec 2013Looking at the summary of registrations by province and model, it is clear that Quebec and the Volt are enjoying a growing relationship.  It is also interesting to note that the sales of the Volt in Ontario, with the exception of a small burst in November, have been relatively flat.  It will be very interesting to see the sales numbers for BC as we near the scheduled end of the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive.

Canadian Volt Sales By Province - 2013EVs and Hybrids as a Fraction of All Sales

The last graph I’ll put into this post (the full analysis has enough graphs to be used as a sleeping aid) is the fraction of EV sales.  Tip-of-the-hat to David Murphy at Mitsubishi for suggesting I base the % of sales on passenger cars, not including trucks and SUVs since there aren’t any plug-ins in those segments yet.  The result shows a gradual incline for PHEVs from 0.18% to 0.25% over the course of 2013.  Nothing to throw a party about, but nice to see it is moving in the right direction.

FleetCarma - EVs & Hybrids - Fraction Of Sales - 2013As always, the data is sourced from R.L. Polk & Company registration data, rounded out by Matthew Klippenstein’s Canadian EV Sales Summaries.

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