Published on February 12th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Electric Car Sales In Netherlands, Canada, & Ireland (January 2014)

February 12th, 2014 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Following up on my Norway, Sweden, and Denmark January 2014 electric car sales reports, here are reports for the Netherlands, Ireland, and Canada. For other January 2014 electric car sales or 2013 electric car sales, see the stories linked on the bottom of this article.

Netherlands EV Sales

Clearly, the Dutch like their PHEVs.

Take note that due to an important EV inventive expiring at the end of 2013, there was a huge rush of orders in December. Over 9,000 electrified cars & SUVs were sold in December, including nearly 5,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs. So, January sales were hit pretty hard with the hangover. Things should slowly get back to “normal” in the coming months.

Canada EV Sales

Oh, Canada—you can do better than thus, can’t you? (p.s. Congrats to the Chevy Volt for holding steady at #1.)

Ireland EV Sales

So… Ireland doesn’t have much going on yet. Basically just the Nissan Leaf. Let’s hope the green country gets more EVs soon.

That said, if you’re an Irish reader, you could be the first Irish person to own a handful of great EV models! Put your name in the history books. 😀

Itching for more? Check out:

2013 EV Sales Reports


More January 2014 EV Sales Reports


If you like spreadsheets more than charts, feel free to view my January European, Canada, Japan, and China EV sales spreadsheets and my US EV sales spreadsheets.

Thanks to Jose Pontes for rounding up the numbers for the Netherlands and Canada. Thanks to @EVThefuture for directing me to the Ireland numbers.

Check out our new 93-page EV report, based on over 2,000 surveys collected from EV drivers in 49 of 50 US states, 26 European countries, and 9 Canadian provinces.

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  • offib

    Damn, Ross beat me to it. Anyway, we’re Irish readers. I was going to tell about how the YTD sales increase in January were 1600%. 51 LEAFs in January is far more than the 46 units sold in all of 2013.

    Unfortunately, while every month in 2013, EVs got a hammering or a little stab from the clueless in The Independent, Irish Times and so on, they didn’t mention EV sales this time. As if they only have one biased journalist to review the cars.

    This is going to be a good year, and considering that this was January, I wouldn’t be surprised if those 51 were just delivered and sold with little inventory left! February sales will tell us if either that there’s still a strong amount of interest or if sales decrease after January like the rest of the market.

  • Ross

    While Ireland’s sales figures are small so far. They are up 1600% for January 2014. More were sold than during the whole of 2013. The general market is up 33%.

  • There are two silver linings to the sales figures from the Netherlands: Fully electric vehicle sales increased by 17% compared to January 2013, despite the fact that many sales that would have occurred in January or February were pulled forward to December.

    Total EV sales (including PHEV’s) were down by only 35% compared to a year ago. I expected at least double that. So I am hopeful sales will rebound to 2013 levels, albeit not with a year-end rush like 2013.

  • Rick Kargaard

    People seem to forget that you cannot compare Canada to California (for example). Last week I took a typical car trip of 120 miles (appproimate) at -30C (-22F) with wind chill to -40C (-40F). There is no off peak pricing for electricity. At this time of year we get about 8 hrs. of low angle sun for solar panels. It is worse in december. True I live in a rural area but even parking an electric outside while at work may cause problems. I would love to have an electric, but for safety sake and price difference, I have a compact that can approach 50 miles per gallon if driven carefully with economy in mind. If you think being stranded on a desert without charge would be bad. Try Standing out in -50 windchill. Do you still want to tell me I can do better

    • Bob_Wallace

      In cold climate areas we’ll need more charging spots. An EV that’s plugged in can be pre-warmed using grid power which means that no battery power will be used to warm up the passenger compartment and batteries. Once underway batteries generate heat as they discharge which will keep them warm.

      In cold climate areas we already make adjustments. We use block heaters to keep engines warm enough to start. Some park in heated garages. Snow plows and salt trucks. Snow tires and chains. It’s part of living where it gets cold.

      • Rick Kargaard

        All true, but with a low population density it will take quite a bit to make electric economical. In fact There are no charging stations that I know of within range. I also don’t know of a dealership that has an electric for me to test drive. The switch will eventually come our way but in the meantime manufacturers are concentrating where electric makes the most sense, and rightly so. Get as many out there as you can, as fast as is practical. You miss the point, that I can do a great deal for the GHG situation with sensible cars and sensible driving without changing the current infrastructure

        • Bob_Wallace

          No, I don’t miss your point. I’m also not served by current EVs.

          I have 3.5 miles of unpaved, unplowed, sometimes steep road between me an the paved, plowed highway. I need 4wd.

          I have a ~150 mile RT to the grocery store. And suspect it will be a long time before we see a L3 charger.

          We are small niche people. The larger, easier to serve segments will get good EV options first. But our time will come, there’s no reason why our needs can’t be met with EVs.

          • Rick Kargaard

            It sounds as if you have a situation where an off grid solution makes sense. That could also make an EV practical for at least some of your needs. Economics would be the deciding factor.

          • Bob_Wallace

            I am off grid. It would have cost $300k to bring in the power poles. I set up solar for $10k.

            I minimize my driving. Were I to purchase an EV for my short trips it wouldn’t pay for itself in 40 years.

          • Rick Kargaard

            A different situation than mine but one with similiar economic considerations. I am still going to look at an EV or hybrid when my present car nears the end of it’s life. We own a second, little used vehicle, in any case. It might make sense by then.

          • Kent.Carboy

            Astronomical $300k to bring in the power poles to the door what year was that? You done the right thing.

  • Cmaximal

    Jan in Central Canada, where 60 pct of Canadians live, was colder than normal (and normal ain’t hot) with the clean up from an ice storm happening on Toronto. I suspect all car sales were down as a result.

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