Electric Vehicles

In addition to the comparison chart below, a list of regional dealers and their contact information can be found on our Dealers page. It also lists sources of used electric vehicles.

Further information on factors affecting range as well as government rebates, dealer discounts, operating cost, home charging, the electric driving experience and environmental benefits can be found on our Detailed Information page.

Dealers Detailed Information

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Comparison from a Richmond Perspective

  • By "Plug-in Electric Vehicle" we mean vehicles with an electric motor as its primary means of propulsion with a battery capacity above 15kWh (the battery size used by the BC government subsidy program) that can be recharged by plugging it into an external source of electricity. While we applaud those who drive hybrid vehicles with a battery capacity below 15kWh because they have taken the first step toward a fully electric vehicle, we believe that only fully electric vehicles can make a meaningful change in the transportation landscape.

  • For Richmond owners, we recommend an electric range of at least 75 km which allows for two return trips to downtown Vancouver in one day plus an extra margin for safety. There is a detailed discussion of range requirements for longer trips here.

  • There is a separate listing, after the 75 km range listing, for the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid which has a 16 kWh battery, but only 53 km of electric range. It is a 7 seat minivan with a full size gas engine as well as two electric motors.

  • For each of the vehicles below, there is a list of Richmond dealers and their contact information here.

New for 2019

  • The 2019 Audi e-tron and 2019 Jaguar I-Pace are new long range luxury SUVs that compete with the Tesla Model X.

  • The 2019 Nissan Leaf PLUS, 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, 2019 Kia Niro EV and 2020 Kia Soul EV are new long range electric vehicles that compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. The Leaf PLUS and Soul are available now. The Kona and Niro are expected to be available fall 2019.

  • The long range version of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 has dual motors as does the new performance version.

New for 2020

  • The new luxury Mercedes EQC will have an 80 kWh battery and a range of 370 km. It is expected to be priced to compete with the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. Further information is available here.

  • The initial version of the new luxury Porsche Taycan sports car will compete with the dual motor performance version of the Tesla Model S. Porsche is taking reservation deposits here.

  • Volvo is introducing an electric version of its XC40 and its sub-brand Polestar 2.

  • BMW is introducing an electric version of its sub-brand Mini, not to be confused with its Mini hybrid.

"plug-in" electric vehicles with an electric range of at least 75 km

Listed alphabetically. Click on the photo for vehicle website. See Explanatory Notes below. Although every effort has been made to provide accurate data, there is no liability for errors that may occur. Information important to you should be verified with other sources.


Vehicle Website Battery Size Level 3 Chg. Electric Range Total Range Trunk Vol. MSRP Rebates
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Audi e-tron
95 kWh Standard 417 km 417 km 21.2 cu.ft. $92,095 None
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BMW i3
42.2 kWh Standard 246 km 246 km 15 cu.ft. $47,640 Federal
BC
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BMW i3
with range extender gas engine
42.2 kWh Standard 246 km 322 km 15 cu.ft. $56,290 Federal
BC
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Chevrolet Bolt
60 kWh Standard 383 km 383 km 16.9 cu.ft. $46,595 Federal
BC
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Chevrolet Volt
with range extender gas engine
18.4 kWh No 85 km 675 km 10.6 cu.ft. $42,495 Federal
BC
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Electra Meccanica Solo
17.3 kWh Standard 160 km 160 km 5.7 cu.ft. $19,888 Pending
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Honda Clarity
with range extender gas engine
17 kWh No 76 km 547 km 15.5 cu.ft. $41,555 Federal
BC
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric
28 kWh Standard 200 km 200 km 23.8 cu.ft. $39,604 Federal
BC
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Hyundai Kona Electric
64 kWh Standard 415 km 415 km 19.2 cu.ft. $46,804 Federal
BC
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Jaguar I-Pace
90 kWh Standard 377 km 377 km 23.2 cu.ft. $92,440 None
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Kia Niro EV
64 kWh Standard 385 km 385 km 22.2 cu.ft. $46,790 Federal
BC
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Kia Soul EV 2019
30 kWh Standard 179 km 179 km 18.8 cu.ft. $37,680 Federal
BC
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Kia Soul EV 2020
64 kWh Standard 391 km 391 km 18.8 cu.ft. $44,390 Federal
BC
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Nissan Leaf
40 kWh Standard 242 km 242 km 23.6 cu.ft. $38,773 Federal
BC
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Nissan Leaf PLUS
62 kWh Standard 364 km 364 km 23.6 cu.ft. $46,248 Federal
BC
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Smart fortwo electric
17.2 kWh No 115 km 115 km 9.2 cu.ft. $31,140 Federal
BC
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Tesla Model 3 standard range
unknown Standard 150 km 150 km 15 cu.ft. $44,999
special order
Federal
BC
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Tesla Model 3 standard plus
62 kWh Standard 386 km 386 km 15 cu.ft. $54,990 Federal
BC
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Tesla Model 3 long range
75 kWh Standard 499 km 499 km 15 cu.ft. $65,990 None
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Tesla Model 3 performance
75 kWh Standard 499 km 499 km 15 cu.ft. $74,990 None
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Tesla Model S long range
100 kWh Standard 600 km 600 km 31.6 cu.ft. $108,990 None
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Tesla Model S performance
100 kWh Standard 560 km 560 km 31.6 cu.ft. $134,990 None
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Tesla Model X long range
100 kWh Standard 525 km 525 km 26 cu.ft. $115,990 None
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Tesla Model X performance
100 kWh Standard 490 km 490 km 26 cu.ft. $141,990 None
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Volkswagen e-Golf
35.8 kWh Standard 201 km 201 km 17 cu.ft. $38,405 Federal
BC

"plug-in" hybrid electric 7 passenger minivan

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a 16 kWh battery, but only 51 km of electric range. It has a full size gas engine as well as two electric motors. It accommodates 7 passengers and may suit large families. Note that the Tesla Model X, listed above, also accommodates 7 passengers. The popular Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid has a smaller battery and only accommodates 5 passngers due to placement of the battery. Click on the photo for vehicle website. See Explanatory Notes below.

Vehicle Website Battery Size Level 3 Chg. Electric Range Total Range Trunk Vol. MSRP Rebates
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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
16 kWh No 51 km 835 km 32.3 cu.ft. $53,640 Federal
BC

Explanatory Notes

  • Level 3 refers to DC fast charging capability which is either standard on the base model, available as an extra cost upgrade option or not available. In addition to slow 120V charging capability from a normal wall outlet, all of the above vehicles have a Level 2 charging connector that requires access to a 240V charging unit. Access to Level 3 charging is not yet widely available. Information on different types of charging is available here.

  • Range is for a combination of city and highway driving as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA rating) or the estimated EPA rating announced by the manufacturer for vehicles not yet available. EPA ratings are averaged for a wide range of environmental conditions. Richmond drivers should achieve increased range due to our ideal environmental conditions for electric vehicles. For highway only driving at higher speeds, there is a detailed discussion of range requirements here.

  • Trunk volume is with all seats in normal position.

  • Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is for the base model including freight and destination charges for delivery in Richmond without upgrade options and accessories and before government rebates, dealer discounts and taxes.

  • The Federal Government rebate is $5,000 after tax for the purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle with a battery size of 15 kWh or larger and $2,500 if the battery is smaller. That rebate has not been deducted from the MSRP shown above. The MSRP does include freight and destination charges. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the base model must be under $45,000 before freight and destination charges for vehicles with 6 seats or fewer and under $55,000 for vehicles with 7 seats or greater. More expensive trim models must not exceed $55,000 and $60,000 respectively. Details here.

  • With the exception of vehicles with a MSRP over $55,000 (not including delivery fees), all of the vehicles on the list qualify for the $3,000 BC Government rebate after tax that applies to all vehicles with a battery capacity above 15kWh. That rebate has not been deducted from the MSRP shown above which does include delivery fees.

  • The vehicle dealer will deduct both federal and provincial rebates, if applicable, after taxes at time of purchase and claim it from the governments.

  • If you are scrapping a gas engine vehicle and purchasing a designated electric vehicle from an authorized dealer at the same time, take advantage of the incentives offered by BC SCRAP-IT. The incentive is $6,000 if a new electric vehicle is purchased and $3,000 if it is used. For 2019, the available incentives have been allocated to each participating dealer and the regulations require that you first get the dealer to assign an incentive to your electric vehicle order and then apply to BC SCRAP-IT.