2017 Chevrolet Volt in Vancouver, BC, CanadaEnlarge Photo
Kia sold 64 Soul EVs, and about a half-dozen Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima PHEVs were likely sold in October.
Chrysler sold 136 Pacifica Hybrid minivans in October, while Ford sold 102 Focus Electrics.
Among luxury brands, Audi sold 7 A3 e-trons, while Porsche sold 16 Cayenne S-E Hybrids. Daimler sold 39 Smart Electric Drives and 7 Mercedes S550e sedans.
For its part BMW sold 45 i3 hatchbacks, 6 i8 coupes, 18 X5 xDrive40 SUVs, 4 330e and 12 530e plug-in hybrid sedans, as well as 11 Mini Countryman S E ALL4 plug-in hybrids.
Finally, Volvo sold 42 XC90 PHEV SUVs, and launched the XC60 plug-in hybrid in Canada to 20 sales.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car on Coquilhalla Highway, BC, Canada, May 2017 [Boyd/Hetherington]Enlarge Photo
Milestone to come?
The apparent health of the plug-in segment has stoked the hopes of Canada’s electric-car advocates that sales of plug-in cars could reach 2 percent in coming months.
That's based on new introductions coming next year: the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the second-generation Nissan Leaf, eventual nationwide availability of the Toyota Prius Prime, and the arrival of the Tesla Model 3
The best bet for that milestone might be March 2018, as it should benefit from the typical end-of-quarter Tesla tailwind.