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Plug-in Electric Car Sales in Canada, Oct 2013: Tesla-Volt Rivalry Continues

The Chevrolet Volt and Tesla Model S have jockeyed for the Canadian sales crown since the latter’s arrival in Canada.

October marked the 20th consecutive month that either the Chevy Volt or the Tesla Model S was the top-selling Canadian plug-in electric vehicle. In the 10 months for which we have Tesla Model S registration data, it’s taken the crown four times.

If the Model S proves to have beaten the Volt in October, it will move into a tie with the Nissan Leaf for number of months atop the Canadian plug-in sales charts, which break down as follows:

Chevy Volt: 17 months (or 18 months, if it wins October)
Nissan Leaf: 5 months (including 2 months as the sole electric car on the market)
Tesla Model S: 4 months (or 5 months, if it wins October)
Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 1 month
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (your author’s beloved car): 0 months

Model S and Volt

Last month, we used a triple-qualifier to suggest that the Volt may have edged the Model S in September sales – only to be proven wrong by the vehicle registration data, which put the Tesla ahead, 64 to 59.

Given that the Volt sold 62 units in October, we’ll cautiously suggest that the Model S will remain atop the sales list, when the registration data comes in.


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