The Cadillac CT6 PHEV is one of the newest model EV's available in Canada, Base price starts at $86,095, but you can get up to $3k in incentive rebates PHOTO- cadillac.com

Canada: Sales of electric vehicles and hybrids continue to grow

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As more and more automakers join the fray, the choice of EV’s or hybrids for consumers continues to grow.

Sales are now reflecting a greater move towards such vehicles.

From the tiny Smart Fourtwo Electric (starting at $29,050) to the sporty BMW 330e or 530e ($51,000-$66,900) or for the SUV crowd with the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid ($42,900) to the Chrysler Pacifica minvan plug-in hybrid ($51,095), there are now models to suit almost all needs and tastes.

The battery electric (BEV) Chevrolet Bolt is a newcomer starting at $43,195, but with up to $14,000 in incentive rebates. PHOTO- GM

There are now 41 EV models available in Canada with 26 plug-in hybrids, (PHEV) and 15 all electric battery models. (BEV)

The site Fleetcarma which monitors vehicle sales in Canada shows that sales of such vehicles are rising rapidly with a 56 per cent increase year over year from 2016 to 2017, with 12,470 units sold in the first 9 months of 2017.

Quarterly sales of EVs in Canada. IMAGE- Fleet Karma

Sales in Canada’s most populous province have increased 96 per cent in that period, spurred on by an increase in charging stations from a mere five to 140, not including Tesla superchargers.

At the upper end of the scale of EV’s available today are Tesla, Porche, Mercedes, and this BMW i8 starting at $149,900 but up to $3,000 is available in incentives. PHOTO- BMW

Sales are also spurred by various government incentive rebates up to $14,000 in some cases.

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