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March 2013 Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales

The blogging quietness continues, as my other projects percolate.

In my persistent pursuit of these other projects, I forgot to note down my March update on the Canadian electric vehicle market, over at GreenCarReports.  Nissan’s LEAF came out of nowhere to tie the Chevy Volt at a category-leading 82 sales.

In the imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery category, my content doppelganger over at InsideEVs followed my April 5th Canadian EV sales update with an April 7th post of their own.  :)

Not that I think this a big deal — if I was Monsanto, I might make unreasonable claims about owning data which is in the public domain, the way they’ve purportedly tried to file patents for pigs who have genes which have evolved in pigs, the course of nature.  Heck, I even use some data from InsideEVs in my electric vehicle sales database!

It’s just that I, you know, give them credit (as per the screengrab below) when I do so.  ;)

Feb 2013 Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales

Been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently, due to some gratifyingly awesome progress on separate writing projects — a trend likely to continue for another couple weeks at least.

In the meanwhile, my post on Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales in Feb 2013, went up last week at GreenCarReports.  The Volt won the category for the 12th straight month, followed by the Nissan Leaf and then the Toyota Prius plug-in.

The master database is, as always, available here.

Cumulative Canadian (PH)EV sales (through Nov 2012)

It doesn’t look as if this data has been centralized on the web yet, so I’ll start.

Cumulative Canadian (PH)EV sales through Nov 2012 can be found at this link, here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah8gcGMaITi4dHdoZzJYdHFvZldnZkRCRWxGbjhicEE

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The list is incomplete (for example, no Tesla data yet) but I’ll be trying to add that in, with each monthly update.  I’ll also try to get a province-by-province breakdown of the numbers, if and where possible.  Nothing like a little internecine rivalry to accelerate EV adoption eh?

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Various notes include:

  • Canadian (PH)EV sales are currently running at about 4% the US rate.  Given the 9:1 population ratio, one would expect sales to run at roughly 11% the US rate.  Part of the reason for the lower run-rate is that most models seem to’ve launched first in the US, and arrived in Canada only later.
  • the Chevy Volt holds an “iPod”-like dominance in the Canadian EV market, comprising roughly 75% of sales.  (The Volt looks to have about a 40% market share in the US.)  Who a few years ago would have thought that the company that brought out the Hummer, would have a sales lead in an eco-category, any eco-category?