Electric vehicles are becoming more popular in Canada every day.
High gas prices, government incentives and the ease of plugging in, instead of fueling up, has driven up the demand for all types of electric vehicles:
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs): these are powered by both internal combustion and a battery source that may get some juice from regenerative breaking, but can't be plugged in to the electricity grid
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs): these are powered solely by battery, which can be plugged in to the electricity grid
Hybrid plug-in vehicles (PHEVs): these are powered by a combination of internal combustion and battery-powered electric motor, but unlike straight hybrid vehicles, can be plugged in to the electricity grid
Advancements in technology have made electric cars more affordable than ever before. An added bonus, a growing number of charging stations are popping up all over the province and the trend is expected to continue.
Here are five surprisingly affordable electric vehicles available in the Canadian market today:
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe (BEV)
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe is available starting under $27,000. It is compact and reliable, and a single battery charge will take you more than 138 kilometres. The 55 kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery with a 17.6 kWh capacity, is cleverly housed under the vehicle floor so you can have optimum space and enjoy full comfort and spaciousness of the smart for two.
Nissan Leaf (BEV)
At just under $32,000, the Nissan Leaf is 100 per cent electric, and offers you 100 per cent freedom from the gas pump. It is powered exclusively by an advanced lithium-ion battery that you can charge at home or at a local public charging station. Never again will you have to have pricey oil changes and tune-ups, and with fewer moving parts, the Nissan Leaf is ultra low maintenance.
Ford Focus (BEV)
Starting at just under $33,000, the Ford Focus Electric has the same look as the traditional focus, as well as all the options and features you enjoy with a traditional car. Some features include a home-charging station, 120 V convenience charge cord and a 23kWh liquid cooled Lithium-Ion battery.
Chevy Volt (PHEV)
The Chevy Volt is one of the U.S and Canada’s most widely acclaimed electric cars on the market. Available at just over $34,000, in 2013 it was the U.S.’s best-selling electric car and the second highest-selling electric car in the world. It boasts a 98 MPG battery and 70 kilometres per each battery charge.
Tesla Model S (BEV)
At just under $50, 000, the Tesla S Sedan is luxury on environmentally-friendly wheels. It’s a five-passenger, mid-size sedan that looks more like a Maserati than the traditional electric cars. It boasts a 24kWh battery that will take you 160 kilometers per each charge.