Electric Vehicle Sales In Canada, October 2017

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The record-breaking third-quarter sales trend for electric vehicles (EVs) has carried over into October of this year. Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales in October totaled 2,190, only 2% or 50 vehicles shy of the record high which was set in the previous month. Of the plug-in electric vehicles sold in October, 1,099 were fully-electric battery-EVs (BEVs) and 1,091 were plug-in hybrid EVs (pHEVs). Fully-electric battery-EVs have outsold plug-in hybrids in Canada since April of 2015.

October 2017 Canadian electric vehicle sales highlights:

  • 2,190 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in October, 2017.
    • 1,099 fully-electric battery-EVs (BEVs).
    • 1,091 plug-in hybrid EVs (pHEVs).
  • YTD electric vehicle sales are over 14,500 for the Country.
    • 5,800 sales in Quebec, 5,700 sales in Ontario, 2,600 sales in BC.
  • Plug-in EV (pEV) sales represent 1.2% of all vehicle sales in Canada for October.
    • Quebec @2.2% , Ontario @1.1%, British Columbia @1.5% of all vehicle sales in their respective Provinces.
  • Year-end sales projections forecast a 61% increase in EV sales compared to 2016.
    • Ontario will see the largest rate of increase for EV adoption with a 103% increase forecasted, compared to the previous year.

October 2017 - Year over year plug-in EV sales, Canada

October 2017 - Monthly cumulative pHEV and BEV sales, Canada

The rate of electric vehicle adoption varies among Canada’s Provinces with the majority of EVs being deployed among Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. The Province of Quebec has consistently led the Country with regard to EV adoption with reliably high adoption rates as well as comparatively early-on electric awareness programs. In October of 2017, Quebec led the Provinces with 939 sales, an increase of 3% over the previous month. Ontario followed with 875 sales, an 8% increase over September. The Province of BC saw 310 sales in October, a decrease of 42% from the previous month.

October 2017 - Quarterly plug-in EV sales by Province

Annual leadership with regard to total sales has once again shifted. Quebec, which had fallen behind Ontario in the third quarter has once again claimed the role of leadership for EV adoption by the end of October. Total EV sales in Quebec are around 5,900 plug-in electric vehicles, nearly 200 vehicles over Ontario’s total of approximately 5,700. The Province of British Columbia follows in third place with approximately 2,700 annual plug-in electric vehicle sales at October’s end.

October 2017 - Annual Canadian BEV & pHEV sales by Province.

Comparing plug-in electric vehicle sales figures between Provinces of widely varying populations can be misleading. When plug-in EV sales statistics are expressed as a fraction of total vehicle sales we can compare sales on a leveled playing field.

For the month of October, Quebec maintained the highest rate of adoption of 2.2% of total vehicle sales, an increase of 0.1% from the previous month. British Columbia follows with a 1.5% adoption rate, a decrease of 0.6%. Ontario averaged 1.1% electric vehicle sales compared to total vehicle sales. Electric vehicle sales versus all vehicles sales for all of Canada was 1.2%.

Ontario 2017 - Plug-in EV sales as a percent of total vehicle sales (3 month average)

2017 is already a record-setting year for electric vehicle sales across Canada. The Province of Ontario stands out with the single largest year over year increase for the adoption of electric vehicles where 6,900 plug-in EVs are expected to be sold by the end of 2017. That’s a 103% increase from the 2016 total of 3,400 electric vehicles. Currently, plug-in EV sales stand 35% higher year to date compared to last year. With two months left in the year aided by a strong start to the fourth quarter, forecasts point to just under 18,000 plug-in EV sales by the end of the year. This would represent a 61% increase over 2016 sales of 11,000 plug-in EVs for the nation.

We’re gaining momentum.

Download the October 2017 Canadian Plug-in EV sales scorecard.


Common questions:

What is the source of the data?

What does the registration data include?
Registration data includes new vehicle sales, as well as vehicles bought out of Province or Country.

How accurate are these numbers?
While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the sales figures, we reserve the right to update historical figures based on newly acquired data. BEV sales figures should be considered to be very accurate while pHEV figures are directionally accurate as they are based on multiple sources of data used to distinguish plug-in models from non-plug-in HEV models.

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