Canadian electric vehicle sales growth in 2017

Eric Schmidt at fleetcarma has done a great job of summarizing electric car vehicles in Canada for 2017. fleetcarma specializes in smart technology with the mission of accelerating the adoption of EVs and making the ownership experience better.

The full report, Electric Vehicle Sales in Canada, 2017,  tells the whole story with extensive figures and charts that make for interesting and optimistic reading.

Here is a quick overview and some highlights of his summary.

“Canadian electric vehicle sales reached an all-time high in 2017 with every previous sales record being continuously broken throughout the year.

Consistent monthly increases led to a huge increase in annual growth

Supporting the growth in annual numbers were consistently strong sales each and every months, this is not a fluke. Monthly averages were up, Monthly highs were up, even Monthly lows had increased by quite a bit.”

What counts as an ‘electric vehicle’

First, some definitions (definitions by Josh Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists)

BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle. Derives all power from battery packs that are charged by Plugging-in to an outlet or charging station.

PHEV = Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Has both a fossil fuel engine and an electric motor (and battery). The battery can be charged by plugging into an outlet or  charging station.  (A Conventional Hybrid vehicle cannot be charged, the fossil fuel engine is augmented by an electric motor which charges the battery by transferring energy captured through regenerative breaking.)

PEV = Plug-in Electric Vehicle. Refers to both BEVs and PHEVs.

Report Highlights

Electric vehicle sales (BEV+PHEV) in Canada increased 68% from 2016

BEV sales grew at almost twice the rate of PHEVs (+92% vs +48%). Canada used to be the land of the plug-in hybrids, there is now a notable shift towards BEVs.

Ontario sales of all PEVs more than doubled, from 3,600 to 7,500.

There are now 47,800 of plug-in vehicles on the road in Canada. As of this writing (February 9) it could well be 50,000. It will almost certainly be 50,000 by the end of February 2018.

As for the future? Well, EV sales continue to climb, and while they may not go up by 67% next year, +50% is probably a pretty safe bet, which means sales of 27,000 or so and about 65,000 on the road in total. Still a small fraction of cars, but small steps in a carbonless direction.

Read Eric Schmidt’s full report at fleetcarma

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