Electric Vehicles

An EV might be right for you

Electric vehicles have moved into the mainstream. Is there one that’s right for you? What about charging, cost and other questions? Our EV Buyer’s Guide is the best place to start.

Our guide provides the EV-curious Canadian with an easy-to-understand guide that provides information on the critical elements of EV ownership, such as cost and availability of EV models, charging and an interactive EV finder to find their best match. 

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CAA Canadian EV Driver Study

CAA released the largest-ever survey of Canadian EV drivers – over 16,000. It finds pre-purchase concerns about driving range, cold weather performance, and battery degradation decline dramatically after purchase.

CAA found satisfaction rates among EV drivers in Canada are extremely high with an overwhelming majority stating they will purchase another EV when it comes time to replace their existing one. 

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This project was funded by the FIA. 

Think EVs are complicated? We can help.

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What does it cost to own an EV?

Check out our Driving Costs Calculator to learn about the operating costs of an electric vehicle.

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Engine options – find the right fit for you

Understanding the different EV types can help you determine which fits your needs.

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What EVs are on the market?

Looking to purchase an EV or hybrid? Check out the vehicles available in Canada.

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CAA supports efforts to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric vehicles (EVs) do both. Available incentives are one of the reasons to consider an EV as your next vehicle. But lower overall operating costs also can help make EVs an affordable, green option.

Industry experts also refer to many electric vehicles as zero-emission vehicles or ZEVs for short. ZEVs never emit exhaust gas from the onboard source of power. And while most electric vehicles do not emit any exhaust, hybrid vehicles are the exception. Hybrids are often looped into the electric vehicle category because they have an electric engine onboard. But hybrids do in fact emit exhaust – though much less exhaust than a standard internal combustion engine. Learn more about the differences.

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5000+ charging stations

There are over 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations in Canada.

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Dependent on road and driving conditions, you can drive up to 450km in an EV.

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10 minute charge

By 2025, the charging time of EVs is expected to be approximately 10 minutes for 600 km.

Stay in charge

Some people worry about driving range – how far they can drive an EV before their battery dies. On average, Canadians drive less than 100 kms per day. That’s well within the range of today’s new EVs. Not to mention, most of the charging happens at home. And even if you have to charge on the go, the EV charging network is extensive, and the infrastructure continues to expand. Today, it’s possible to drive in an electric vehicle coast to coast across Canada. Helpful apps and websites make it easy to find charging stations near you.

EVs don’t have to be complicated

There’s some stuff you may not know about EVs. Explore our site to learn more and #thinkelectric