If you are an EV enthusiast in Canada, you might want to know the best-selling EVs in the country in H1 2022. Driving has compiled a list of Canada’s top ten best-selling EVs in the first six months of 2022.
These figures were compiled from data from Transport Canada and the iZEV rebate, meaning only those vehicles that qualify for the rebate appear on the list.
The report notes that EV sales in Canada have benefited from rising gas prices, government incentives, and the availability of choices for buyers. Sales grew 11 percent in this period, which is significant as the whole auto market shrank by more than 11 percent.
However, not all EVs sold in Canada qualified for the government rebates, as luxury models were priced above the cap. Even the Tesla Model 3 lost its qualification after its starting price was increased late last year.
However, many Model 3 buyers benefited from the incentive in 2022 because they ordered their cars before the price increased. But the program still cost the federal government $87.8 million.
The Mazda MX-30 was at number 10, with 384 units sold, even though it has seen its fortune drop considerably in July.
The Kia Soul EV sold 403 units, down by 26 percent but enough to secure the 9th spot. Its sibling, the Kia Niro EV, was at number 8, moving a total of 425 in Canada, a drop of 58 percent.
Another Kia, the EV6, came 7th with 458 units. The legendary Nissan Leaf sold 590 units to claim the 6th position.
Volkswagen claimed the 5th position with 983 units of the well-received ID.4, while GM was in 4th place with 1,042 units of the Bolt sold, a decrease of 68 percent.
The Hyundai Kona Electric sold more than double the Bolt, with 2,227, but it was a 32 percent decrease in sales. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 sold 3,226 units in 2nd position.
Tesla took the 1st position with the Model 3, selling 7,054, dwarfing all other EV models. However, the effect of the loss of government rebates on the car’s sales remains to be seen.
It is important to remember that this is just sales of the entry-level Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive, the only variant that qualifies for the iZEV rebate.