2018 HYBRID AND ELECTRIC CAR BUYERS GUIDE

With the number of hybrids, plug in hybrid and pure all-electric vehicle are on the increase, it is helpful to know what is out there in the market. For the uninitiated, Hybrid vehicles use both a gasoline engine and a battery powered electric motor for operation. Plug in hybrids have a gas engine and a battery that can be charged by an electric cable and typically offer some all electric capability for a limited distance. Finally All-electric vehicles have no gas engine. and run on pure battery power alone. The price for hybrid and Electric vehicles is higher than conventional gas powered cars but the governments of Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia offer substantial incentives when you buy or lease a hybrid or electric car. In fact, B.C., Quebec and Ontario together account for 95 per cent of all electric vehicles sold in Canada. Ontario offers the most generous rebates – up to $14,000 per vehicle, while B.C. and Quebec’s rebates are smaller as electricity costs are much lower than Ontario’s. Make sure to do your homework and know what you will pay once discounts and rebates are factored in.

HYBRID VEHICLES 

Acura Sport Hybrid and Acura NSX

The MDX Sport Hybrid midsize SUV ($69,990, 321 hp, 10.7L/100 km combined rating) and the 573-hp NSX supercar ($189, 900,)

Ford C-MAX

The American automaker offers consumers the C-MAX ($27,328), a compact hatchback with a large 694-litre trunk, along with the Fusion Hybrid ($28,888), a quiet and comfortable sedan. Their fuel consumption ratings are 5.9L and 5.6L/100 km, respectively.

Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Clarity

The new 212-hp Accord Hybrid ($31,300) uses on average 5.0L/100 km, which is very impressive for this type of sedan. The new Honda Clarity promises even better fuel economy

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Ioniq

The Sonata Hybrid ($29,649) delivers up to 193 hp and features an electric mode that allows for cruising at up to 120 km/h.  Meanwhile the all-new IONIQ Hybrid ($24,299), is even more affordable and more fuel-efficient (4.1L/100 km)

INFINITI Q50 and QX60

The Q50 Hybrid compact sedan ($56,400) and the QX60 Hybrid midsize crossover ($58,390)   The Q50 uses a V6, generates 360 hp and uses around 8.0L/100 km. The larger QX60 has a 4-cylinder engine that can produce 250

Kia Optima and Kia Niro

The 192-hp Optima Hybrid ($29,995) sedan consumes   6.2L/100 km on average. All news is a mid-size Niro SUV ($24,995). With 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque using only   4.9L/100 km,

Lexus

Lexus offer six different hybrid vehicles including the CT 200h compact hatchback ($32,900), two midsize sedans in the ES 300h ($46,400) and GS 450h ($76,400), the LC 500h grand touring coupe ($118,100) and two different utility models, the NX 300h ($54,350), RX 450h ($70,300) and the LS 500h   high hybrid performance coupe

Toyota

There are three different Prius models: the sub-compact Prius c ($21,975), the compact Prius ($27,190) and the larger Prius v wagon ($28,990). Power ranges from 99-136 hp, and average fuel consumption comes in between 4.5-5.8L/100 km.   There’s the 200-hp Camry Hybrid midsize sedan ($29,770), which uses around 6.0L/100 km; the new 2018 model,   Toyota also offers two utility models: the RAV4 Hybrid ($34,445, 7.3L/100 km) and its bigger sibling, the Highlander Hybrid ($49,985, 8.3L/100 km).

PLUG-IN HYBRID

Audi A3

The A3 Sportback e-tron compact car ($40,900) is fitted with a 1.4L TFSI engine and generates up to 204 hp. Fuel consumption checks in at 6.9L/100 km when in hybrid mode,

BMW i8

The i8 sports car ($149,900) is a luxurious 357-hp beast, and an exceedingly beautiful one at that its 24-km all-electric range helps it achieve an average fuel consumption rating of 8.3Le/100 km.

FCA – Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ($50,995) is a minivan with an all-electric range of 53 km and its average fuel consumption of just 2.6Le/100 km.

Ford C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi

Ford offer the  C-MAX Energi ($29,828), a compact hatchback with a large 545-litre trunk and an all-electric range of 32 km, and the Fusion Energi ($35,088),   sedan able to cover 35 km   The former has a fuel consumption rating of 2.5Le/100 km, the latter 2.4Le/100 km.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid ($43,999) generates 202 hp,   and it has an all-electric range of 35 km. Hyundai offers only a single, fully equipped trim level,

Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e 4MATIC

The GLE 550e 4MATIC ($83,000) is the first of the new generation of Mercedes hybrids and electric cars to come. This midsize plug-in hybrid SUV can generate 436 hp and uses an average of 11L/100 km.

Porsche Panamera E-hybrid

The next-generation Panamera E-Hybrid is available in four versions (two with extended wheelbase called Executive). The most affordable is priced at $113,400 and gives 462 hp in return, while the upcoming 680-hp Turbo S Executive will set buyers back $221,700, can go from a stop to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, and uses only 2.9Le/100 km! As for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV ($90,400), it can produce 333 hp and travel between 18-28 km in full electric mode.

Toyota Prius Prime

The new Prius Prime ($32,990) arrives on June 1, but Toyota Canada has opted to sell it only in Quebec,   Its new Hybrid Synergy Drive system delivers improved acceleration and energy consumption of just 1.8Le/100 km on a full charge. Total range for the Prius Prime extends to 1,035 km, 40 of them in fully electric mode.

ALL ELECTRIC CARS

BMW i3

The i3 is a small hatchback ($48,150) with a range of 130 or 200 km, depending on the battery chosen.   You can add as an option a 2-cylinder gasoline engine which extends the range up to 270 and 330 km, respectively.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt EV ($47,795) has already earned a number of awards   given its 383-km range, the 266 lb-ft of torque it delivers and an interior that is as cutting-edge as it is versatile.

Ford Focus Electric

The Focus Electric ($31,998) nonetheless represents a smart alternative in the electric-car market. Its range is 185 km on a full charge, and its average energy consumption is 2.0Le/100 km.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

The new and highly promising IONIQ Electric ($35,649) uses on average 1.7Le/100 km and promises a range of 200 km.

Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV ($35,395) delivers almost twice as much torque as it does power (210 lb-ft vs 109 hp), and its all-electric range is 150 km.

Mitsubishi  i-MiEV

The  i-MiEV ($27,998) was one of the first electric cars to hit the Canadian market,   its energy consumption of just 2.1Le/100 km is a strong selling point.

Nissan LEAF

The LEAF ($33,998) is   the segment’s top global seller.  Average energy consumption of 2.2Le/100 km, roomy interior, and 187 lb-ft of torque— The LEAF has a maximum range of 172 km.

Tesla Model S and Model 3

The Model S (starting at $94,650) comes as either a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive car, and with a choice of three different batteries (75, 90 and 100 kWh), with a range varying between 400-539 km. The fastest version (the P100D) offers can get to 100 km/h from a stop in only 2.7 seconds! The Model X 7-passenger SUV ($111,950), offers 381-475 km.   There’s the upcoming Model 3 you may have caught some buzz about!

Volkswagen e-Golf  

Volkswagen e-Golf   starting at $35,995.   On a full charge, the VW compact car has a maximum range of 201 km. Its electric motor can generate 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of near-instant torque.