Plug-in electric vehicles topped 1 percent of Canadian new-car sales in the second half of 2017, but will fall just short of that milestone for the full year.
They’ll probably end around 0.95 percent when final registration data arrives, easily surpassing their 0.57-percent market share of 2016.
Plug-in electric vehicles now represent about 45 percent of “electrified vehicles” sold in Canada, meaning both conventional hybrids and plug-in vehicles.
With Quebec’s zero-emission vehicle sales requirement coming into force on January 11, plug-in electric vehicles might outsell conventional hybrids in Canada by 2019.
This year will see the arrival of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and an eventual nationwide rollout of the Toyota Prius Prime. Tesla Model 3 sales would simply be icing on the cake.
Despite December being a seasonally slow month for Canadian auto market, Chevrolet sold 300 Volt plug-in hybrids, off by half from November’s record-shattering 582.
Adding in 109 Bolt EV sales, Chevy delivered 409 plug-in electric vehicles in December, meaning it alone surpassed the sector’s total sales from December 2014. (In that month, all manufacturers together sold 370 units.)
Tesla’s combined Model S and Model X sales were likely higher still, perhaps on the order of 300 units apiece, as the company traditionally ends each quarter with a flood of deliveries.
November was a slower month for the company, with 83 Model S and 65 Model X deliveries.
Through 11 months, Tesla has sold close to the same number of each model in Canada: the totals (1408 Model S hatchbacks and 1443 Model X crossover utilities).
Two new plug-in hybrid models, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, debuted in Canada this month.
The Outlander’s 24 sales fall just short of the i-MiEV electric minicar’s best-ever months (26 units i