Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, April 2016: Model S sales ludicrous

2016 Tesla Model S

2016 Tesla Model S

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With the Stanley Cup destined to be won by an American team for the 23rd straight year, Canadian hockey fans seemingly spent the month of April shopping.

The country's monthly auto sales topped 200,000 for the first time in history, and least two plug-in electric vehicles set sales records.

None did as well as the Tesla Model S did in March, however.

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In all, 325 Tesla Model Ses were registered, obliterating the single-month Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales record.

As a result, despite a slow start to the year (47 sales in January and 88 in February), the Model S very slightly outpaced the Chevy Volt in first-quarter sales, by a margin of 460 to 442.

Readers waiting for the Tesla Model X's Canadian debut will have to wait a bit longer, as none have yet shown up in government registration records.

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, April 2016

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, April 2016

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The second-generation Chevy Volt followed up a strong March (246 sales) with an even stronger April.

Indeed, its 260 sales would have been the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle monthly sales record, were it not for Tesla's March mark.

At this pace, the Volt has a good chance of joining the Model S as the only plug-ins to shift 2,000 units in a calendar year.

ALSO SEE: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, March 2016: springing forward

The Nissan Leaf also enjoyed an excellent April, selling 152 units, its best-ever monthly showing. (Its prior best was 148 sales last November.)

The recent successes of the Leaf and Volt are all the sweeter given the low gasoline price environment, which impairs the financial advantages electric vehicles offer over the combustion competition.

Can Canadian plug-in electric vehicles' toe-hold on the market grow into a full-fledged foothold?

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BMW doesn't separately break out i3 and i8 sales in Canada, but reported selling 67 i-series vehicles in April, about even with March's 62.

Curiously, while the battery-electric and range-extended i3 sold evenly in 2014, Canadian drivers preferred the range-extended version by a 2:1 ratio in 2015.

And in Q1 of this year, 73 of 85 i3's sold in Canada (about 85 percent) were the range-extended version.

CHECK OUT: U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2015 Fell Slightly From 2014

Mitsubishi also sold 14 i-MiEV minicars in March, more than twice the 6 sold in our neighbor to the south.

Statistical apologies

GreenCarReports offers its monthly regrets that Ford C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi sales are no longer provided.

To quote a Ford representative: "I have looked into this and unfortunately we are not inclined to provide this level of detail for Canada. The numbers are very small, as you might imagine."

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