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Plug-in Electric Car Sales in Canada For February 2013

Americans and Canadians alike returned to work this week after a festive St. Patrick’s Day.

For sales of plug-in electric vehicles in Canada, the (idiomatic, good) luck of the Irish arrived for one U.S. automaker.

General Motors sold 51 Chevrolet Volts in Canada in February, up slightly from its Canadian total in January (44), and good enough for its twelfth consecutive month atop the country’s plug-in sales charts.

Its leadership seems assured for the time being: At the time of writing, Nissan Canada had not even begun advertising the cheaper, made-in-America 2013 Nissan Leaf on its website.

The picture of consistency, Nissan maintained its second place, following up its 37 Leaf sales total in January, with another 37 in February.

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid remained in third place, moving 25 units, down from January’s 33.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, meanwhile — which had posted a Canada-leading 20 plug-in sales in February 2012 — sold only 5 units this February, up from an even-worse January (4 sales).

The little electric car’s fading fortunes in Canada are a stark contrast to its renewed success in the U.S. Buoyed by favorable incentives, by the end of February, Mitsubishi had already beaten its full-year 2012 sales total there (594 vs. 588).

While Tesla doesn’t report monthly sales figures, queries to British Columbia’s auto registrar revealed that 5 new Teslas were registered there in January.

Since the province has about one eighth of the Canadian population and one sixth of its plug-in electric fleet, we might expect sales of something on the order of 30 to 40 Tesla Model S luxury sport sedans in January in Canada.

That would have put the Model S in striking range of the Volt’s category-leading 44 sales last month. Of course, given Tesla’s unwillingness to divulge monthly sales figures, we may never know if it took the checkered flag.


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