Electric car sales in Canada are increasing. According to a report by Fleetcarma, 1,474 vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs) were sold in the country during the first three months of the year. This is a 68 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago.
The total number of EVs in Canada has now exceeded 30,000. Nissan Leaf remains the most popular one, with 5,470 sold to date. The Tesla Model S comes in second with 5,453 units, followed by the Model X in third place (1,404 units).
So far, the most EVs in Canada were sold in Quebec (14,000 units). Ontario is in second place with sales of around 10,500 units, while British Columbia comes in at number three with 6,000 units. Things may change soon, as Ontario just might claim the number one spot during this year, thanks to incentives that offer a $14,000 rebate to Tesla buyers, instead of the previous $3,000.
The Chevy Bolt was also one of the vehicles that helped increase the total EV sales in the first quarter of the year. More than 300 units were sold all across the country. The Hyundai Ioniq, which made its way to Canada in March, sold nine units in Q1.
EV sales in Canada are expected to increase even further in the near future. The upcoming Tesla Model 3 definitely has something to do with this, as tens of thousands of consumers in Canada have reportedly pre-ordered the vehicle.
It’s worth pointing out that in addition to Canada, the demand for electric cars is up in other countries and regions as well. In Europe, for example, sales increased by 38 percent in the first quarter of 2017.