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Plug-in Electric Car Sales in Canada, May 2013

The Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market in May was a good news/bad news sandwich: Sales held roughly steady from April, but dropped 40 percenton a year-over-year basis.

Rounding out the month with some good news, May almost certainly marked the sale of the country’s 3,000th electric car from a major automaker.

(The author has tracked 2,986 units through May — not including sales by Tesla and similarly secretive manufacturers.)

Chevy Volt: 15-month champion and counting

The Chevy Volt completed its fifth quarter atop the Canadian plug-in sales rankings, moving 77 units–essentially flat from prior months. In March and April, Chevy sold 82 and 64 units respectively.

May sales were down on a year-over-year basis, however — Chevy had sold an astonishing (by Canadian market standards) 211 Volts in May 2012.

While we haven’t been able to pin down a reason, fleet purchase(s) seem the most plausible explanation, as sales had tripled from April 2012 to May 2012 — then dropped by half, in June.

Given that May sales couldn’t approach their year-ago pinnacle, year-to-date Volt sales in Canada are now running at about 75 percent of last year’s rate (318 vs. 421).


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