Canada's Electric Vehicle Market: Facts & Figures

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A previous post examined Canada's transportation sector in numbers provided by Statistics Canada. This post examines Canada's electric vehicle market according to the latest available data provided by FleetCarma

Canadian Electric Car Market Facts

  • Consumer choice in Canada's electric car market is diversifying w/ new electric car models.
  • The introduction of Tesla's Model 3 electric car has fueled growth in electric car purchasers.
  • Electric car sales have consistently increased year-by-year since 2013. 
  • Electric car sales were up 166% in Q3 2018 as compared to the previous year.
  • There is a correlation between electric car sales and electric car incentives by governments.
  • The federal government's electric car rebate came into effect on May 1, 2019. 
  • Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec are the top electric car adopters. 
  • Provincial electric car rebates exist in British Columbia and Quebec.
  • Ontario no longer has a provincial electric car incentive.
  • Ontario saw 5,800 electric car sales in Q3-2018, compared to 4,500 in QC, and 2,400 in B.C.
  • Volkswagen has committed to producing 50 million electric cars in the coming year. 
  • GM has called for an electric car national policy: 7% EV sales in '21 + 2%/year after.
  • The share of electric car sales from total vehicle sales has risen to 8.3% in Canada.
  • Electric car sales have increased on average by more than 66%/year for the past 5 years.
  • Tesla Model 3 remains the top-selling electric car in Canada. 
  • Nissan Leaf is the 2nd top-selling fully-electric car in Canada.
  • Chevrolet bolt is the 3rd top-selling fully-electric car in Canada.
  • Tesla Model X is the 4th top-selling fully-electric car in Canada.
  • Tesla Model S is the 5th top-selling fully-electric car in Canada.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander is the 1st top-selling plug-in hybrid electric car in Canada.
  • Toyota Prius Prime is the 2nd top-selling plug-in hybrid electric car in Canada.
  • Ford Fusion is the 3rd top-selling plug-in hybrid electric car in Canada.
  • Chevrolet Volt is the 4th top-selling plug-in hybrid electric car in Canada.
Electric Car Sales in Canada are on the Rise


Canadian Electric Car Market Figures

Canadian Electric Car Market Figures for 2013

  • 3,254 - electric car sales in Canada for 2013
  • 1,613 - plug-in hybrid electric car sales in Canada for 2013
  • 1,641 - fully-electric car sales in Canada for 2013; 

Canadian Electric Car Market Figures for 2014

  • 5,356 - electric car sales in Canada for 2014;
  • 2,470 - plug-in hybrid electric car sales in Canda for 2014;
  • 2,886 - fully-electric car sales in Canada for 2014;

Canadian Electric Car Market Figures for 2015

  • 7,072 - electric car sales in Canada for 2015;
  • 2,694 - plug-in hybrid electric car sales in Canada for 2015;
  • 4,378 - fully-electric car sales in Canada for 2015; 

Canadian Electric Car Market Figures for 2016

  • 11,023 - electric car sales in Canada for 2016;
  • 5,893 - plug-in hybrid electric car sales in Canada for 2016;
  • 5,130 - fully-electric car sales in Canada for 2016;

Canadian Electric Car Market Figures for 2017

  • 19,236 - electric car sales in Canada for the year 2017; 
  • 9,279 - plug-in hybrid electric car sales in Canada for the year 2017; 
  • 9,957 - fully-electric car sales in Canada for the year 2017; 

Canadian Electric Car Market Figures for 2018

  • 34,357 - electric car sales in Canada for 2018 (YTD); 
  • 17,700 - plug-in hybrid electric car sales in Canada for 2018 (YTD)
  • 16,657 - fully-electric car sales in Canada for 2018 (YTD)

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