March was a pretty good month for plug-ins all the way around North of the Border. With 955 units, plug-ins accounted for 0.55 percent of new-vehicle sales. Compared to the US, that may not sound that great, but it marks an uptick from the 0.35 percent and 0.33 percent market share for plug-ins in Canada for the first two months of the year, respectively.
For the quarter, Canadians bought 1,723 plug-in vehicles. With US first-quarter plug-in sales totaling more than 23,000 units and with Canada's population about one-ninth of the US's, those Canadian numbers don't sound great, but at least they were on the upswing. As for specific models, the Nissan Leaf moved 221 units for the first quarter, while the Kia Soul EV had sales of 129 cars. The BMW i3 and Audi A3 E-Tron sales came in at 85 units and 83 units, respectively.
As for the Volt, that model, which was recently updated, has performed well in the States this year. Through April, the Volt doubled its sales from a year earlier to almost 6,000 units. And while the Volt's Canadian sales are nothing to write back across the boarder about, at least they're better than monthly Canadian sales of Ford's plug-in models the C-Max and Fusion Energi, which averaged in the single-digits.