Canada: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Increased By 50% In Q1 2020

Tesla Model 3 is the most popular plug-in model by a huge margin.

Plug-in electric car sales substantially improved in Canada during the first three months of 2020, according to the report provided by Electric Mobility Canada.

The total volume of all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hydrogen fuel cell (FCVs) cars – although probably not many FCVs – amounted to 11,978, which is about 50% more than in Q1 2019 (7,999).

BEV, PHEV and FCV sales in Canada – Q1 2020

charts: Electric Mobility Canada

It will be hard to improve from that point in Q2, as we know how devastating the COVID-19 lockdown was for the automotive market, but at least the plug-in market share will be high.

Already, March brought a noticeable spike of 5.6% – the new all-time record.


In terms of the most popular models – the Tesla Model 3 is second to none with 4,025 sales in Q1, more than three times above the 2nd best (Toyota Prius Prime).

Top BEVs:

Top PHEVs:

It’s a very interesting outcome that Tesla is able to beat all the BEVs and PHEVs. One might expect that in a country like Canada, plug-in hybrids would be a strong competitor due to the cold winter.

We are eager to see whether things will change, once long-range PHEVs will enter the market later this year. The Toyota RAV4 Prime might be a decent contender.

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