With more than 90 models of electric vehicles currently on sale in Canada – from battery-only models to plug-in hybrids and even gas-electric hybrids – deciding which is right for you can be a challenge. Here are a few useful Canadian EV resources that can help you to make your selection.
The Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa has a detailed rundown of all EVs now and soon to be on the Canadian market. It also includes a unique “estimated time for delivery” parameter. Unfortunately, this ETA information was obtained in 2020 and may no longer be accurate given current supply chain issues. It is also based on data specific to the nation’s capital, so it may not be useful to residents of other cities.
The CAA recently released its EV Buyers’ Guide (full disclosure, I did some consulting work on it). It is a good starting point for non-EV drivers to learn more about them and includes a series of questions about driving habits to suggest a short list of vehicles that are right for you.
Plug ’n Drive’s online Find Your EV tool is an informative guide that is a mix between the spec-heavy rundown created by the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa and the CAA’s approach, which is an attempt to convert gas-powered vehicle drivers into an EV one.
The tool asks about your daily commute and parking situation to whittle down a list of EVs that will work for your lifestyle. Its results include information on how many litres of gas can be saved with each suggested vehicle, full charging time information and a unique estimate of how many kilometres you can drive after 30-minutes of fast charging – which will vary widely according to seasonal temperatures and charger speeds.
Michael Bettencourt bought his first EV in late 2011 and has followed the Canadian EV scene ever since. Follow him on Twitter @MCBet10court
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