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 I-Pace is available now and the e-tron is expected to be available in mid-2019, but can be reserved now.

  • 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, Kona and Soul are expected to be available in mid-2019 and the Niro in late 2019.

  • There is now a dual motor performance version of the 2019 Tesla Model 3.

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 Sales Battery Size Level 3 Chg. Electric Range Total Range Trunk Vol. MSRP
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Audi e-tron
N/A 95 kWh Standard 417 km 417 km 21.2 cu.ft. $92,095
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BMW i3
14 42.2 kWh Standard 246 km 246 km 15 cu.ft. 2018 $50,840
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BMW i3
with range extender gas engine
incl. 42.2 kWh Standard 246 km 322 km 15 cu.ft. 2018 $55,540
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Chevrolet Bolt
122 60 kWh Standard 383 km 383 km 16.9 cu.ft. $46,675
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Chevrolet Volt
with range extender gas engine
102 18.4 kWh No 85 km 675 km 10.6 cu.ft. $42,495
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Electra Meccanica Solo
N/A 17.3 kWh Standard 160 km 160 km 5.7 cu.ft. $19,888
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Honda Clarity
with range extender gas engine
7 17 kWh No 76 km 547 km 15.5 cu.ft. $41,555
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric
60 28 kWh Standard 200 km 200 km 23.8 cu.ft. $39,604
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Hyundai Kona Electric
N/A 64 kWh Standard 415 km 415 km 19.2 cu.ft. $47,304
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Jaguar I-Pace
N/A 90 kWh Standard 377 km 377 km 23.2 cu.ft. $92,440
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Kia Niro EV
N/A 64 kWh Standard 385 km 385 km 22.2 cu.ft. $49,400 estimated
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Kia Soul EV 2019
55 30 kWh Standard 179 km 179 km 18.8 cu.ft. $37,680
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Kia Soul EV 2020
N/A 64 kWh Standard 391 km 391 km 18.8 cu.ft. $43,000
estimated
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Nissan Leaf
297 40 kWh Standard 242 km 242 km 23.6 cu.ft. $38,773
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Nissan Leaf PLUS
N/A 62 kWh Standard 364 km 364 km 23.6 cu.ft. $46,800
estimated
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Smart fortwo electric
15 17.2 kWh No 115 km 115 km 9.2 cu.ft. $31,140
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Tesla Model 3 standard
N/A 62 kWh Standard 354 km 354 km 15 cu.ft. $48,900
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Tesla Model 3 long range
682 75 kWh Standard 523 km 523 km 15 cu.ft. $59,700
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Tesla Model 3 performance
N/A 75 kWh Standard 499 km 499 km 15 cu.ft. $79,900
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Tesla Model S standard
100 100 kWh Standard 435 km 435 km 31.6 cu.ft. $106,600
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Tesla Model S long range
100 100 kWh Standard 539 km 539 km 31.6 cu.ft. $112,000
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Tesla Model S performance
incl. 100 kWh Standard 507 km 507 km 31.6 cu.ft. $133,300
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Tesla Model X long range
199 100 kWh Standard 475 km 475 km 26 cu.ft. $126,400
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Tesla Model X performance
incl. 100 kWh Standard 465 km 465 km 26 cu.ft. $168,600
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Volkswagen e-Golf
41 35.8 kWh Standard 201 km 201 km 17 cu.ft. $38,365

"plug-in" hybrid electric 7 passenger minivan

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a 16 kWh battery, but only 53 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 Sales Battery Size Level 3 Charging Electric Range Total Range Trunk Vol. MSRP
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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
53 16 kWh No 51 km 835 km 32.3 cu.ft. $53,640

Explanatory Notes

  • Sales are the number of vehicles sold in British Columbia in the last quarter (July - September 2018) reported by Fleetcarma. Details available here. Where there is a second version of the model, the number is included in the standard version above. N/A indicates that the vehicle was not yet available. In some cases, manufacturers are limiting production of electric vehicles because they are less profitable and resulting shortages affect sales figures.

  • 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.

  • With the exception of vehicles with a MSRP over $77,000, all of the vehicles on the list qualify for the $5,000 BC Government rebate that applies to all vehicles with a battery capacity above 15kWh. That rebate has not been deducted from the MSRP shown above. The vehicle dealer will deduct it at time of purchase and claim it from the Government.

  • 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.