Clean-tech information group Fleetcarma has released a report indicating that 8.3 percent of new vehicles sold in Canada were fully electric. Numbers from January to the end of September 2018 reveal that 34,357 EVs were sold nationwide. The bulk of these went to buyers in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, where the latter province’s EV figures amounted to 15% of all new cars sold.
Much of the increase over 2017’s total of 19,200 new EVs went to the mass arrival of the Tesla Model 3 followed by the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt.
Compared to the third quarter from 2017 to 2018, EV sales increased by 166 percent, with analysts now predicting that Canadian dealers will sell more new EVs in 2018 than in the previous three years combined.
Impressive as they are, these numbers do not include either the number of EVs being self-imported or purchased in the booming resale market.