An electric car (also known as electric vehicle or EV) is powered partially, or fully, by an electric motor and battery pack. Unlike hybrids, electric cars charge their battery packs by plugging into the electricity grid and have dedicated all-electric driving distances.
Electric motors provide instant torque and smoother acceleration than internal combustion engines. Electric motors are also more durable and efficient. As a result, electric cars are cheaper to operate and maintain than gas car equivalents.
Because electric cars can drive using 100% electricity, they also reduce society's dependence on environmentally damaging fossil fuels while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Long story-short, electric cars save you money, are good for the environment and deliver top performance.
There are two kinds of electric car:
Fully Electric Cars are powered 100% by electricity and have zero tailpipe emissions. Fully electric cars can travel 200-400 km on a single charge.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Cars have small battery packs for short all-electric driving distances (20-80 km) before a gasoline engine or generator turns on for longer trips.
Canadian Electric Car Fast Facts
- There are more than 28,000 electric cars on the road in Canada
- Provincial incentives in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec can save you up to $14,000 off your vehicle purchase and $1,000 off your home charging station
- Driving an electric car can save you between $1,500-$2,000 per year on fuel and maintenance
- Canada's electricity is clean with the majority of our power coming from hydro and nuclear
- Driving an electric car can reduce your vehicle's emissions by as much as 90%
- Canada has more than 4,500 public charging stations, 150 of which are Level 3 fast chargers
- There are 23 models available for sale in Canada with more on the way
To discover your options, visit our on-line showroom Electric Cars Available in Canada.
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