My column on plug-in car sales in Canada for January 2013, is now up at GreenCarReports. Since it’s hard to write ~600 words about sales statistics in the very small Canadian market, I discuss how Quebec — not B.C.! — is the leading province for plug-in vehicle adoption, and reasons why this might be the case. You can think of me as being “unpaid by the word”. ;)
For Canada as a whole, the Chevy Volt retained a narrow lead, with the Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius plug-in a close second and third — among reporting manufacturers. Which is to say, if we ignore Tesla, which doesn’t divulge monthly sales statistics. (They’ll be forced to cough up some numbers on Feb 20, though, in their quarterly conference call!)
Tesla may prove to have had the best-selling plug-in car in both Canada and the U.S. in January. They claimed to have been producing about 400 vehicles a week in January, which would’ve been good for 1600 vehicles. If true, they very well could have overtaken the Volt in January in both the U.S. (1140) and Canada (44).
When the Tesla results come out, I’ll update my public-access spreadsheet of EV sales statistics, which also contains the sales stats referenced in the aforementioned GreenCarReports column.