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