In 2017 a total of 7,477 battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were sold in Ontario. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Ontario wrestles title from Quebec for most electric car sales in 2017

MONTREAL — More electric vehicles were sold in Ontario than any other province last year, wrestling the title from Quebec for the first time.

According to data compiled by Fleet Carma, 7,477 battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were sold in Canada’s most populous province.

That compared to 7,194 sold in Quebec, followed by 3,270 in British Columbia.

Ontario’s sales increased 120 per cent from 2016, when rebates increased.

There were a record 18,564 electric cars sold across Canada last year, up 68 per cent from 2016.

All-electric BEV sales outpaced plug-in hybrids (PHEV), led by the Chevrolet Bolt and followed by Tesla models X and S. The Chevrolet Volt was again the most popular plug-in electric vehicle.

Quebec still had the highest percentage of electric vehicles sold, at 2.2 per cent of all vehicles, followed by B.C. at 1.9 per cent and Ontario at 1.6 per cent.

There were nearly 48,000 electric vehicles on Canada’s roads last year, up from 29,000 in 2016.

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