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 a vehicle with an electric motor as its primary means of propulsion that can be recharged by plugging it into an external source of electricity. We list only vehicles that meet the BC Government definition of a Class A electric vehicle which requires an EPA range of at least 80.47 km for battery only vehicles and a range of at least 120 km for extended range vehicles that also have a gas engine that charges the battery. While we applaud those who drive electric vehicles with a shorter range or hybrid vehicles because they have taken the first step toward a fully electric vehicle, we believe that only fully electric vehicles with sufficient range for normal use can make a meaningful change in the transportation landscape.

  • For Richmond owners, an electric range of at least 80 km allows for more than 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.

  • For those who require 7 seats, note that the only Class A vehicles with this option are the Tesla Model X and Model Y.

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

New for 2020 (Factory shutdowns due to COVID-19 will delay deliveries.)

  • The new Mini Cooper SE has arrived at local dealers.

  • There is a new Sportback version of the Audi e-tron.

  • The new Tesla Model Y SUV has begun deliveries. Tesla is taking orders here.

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

  • The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium model with a glass roof is scheduled for delivery in late 2020. The Select base model and GT high performance model are expected in 2021. It will compete with the Tesla Model 3. Ford is taking reservations here.

  • The new Volvo X40 Recharge is expected in late 2020. Further information is available here.

  • The new Polestar 2 is expected in late 2020. It is a Volvo sub-brand and a Vancouver Volvo dealer will be selected to set up a Polestar showroom. Further information is available here.

  • The new luxury Mercedes EQC is expected in 2021 with an 80 kWh battery and an estimated range of 338 km. It is expected to be priced to compete with the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. Further information is available here.

"plug-in" Class A electric vehicles

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 328 km 328 km 28.5 cu.ft. $92,095 None
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Audi e-tron Sportback
95 kWh Standard 351 km 351 km 21.7 cu.ft. $95,495 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 203 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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Electra Meccanica Solo
17.3 kWh Standard 160 km 160 km 5.7 cu.ft. $19,888 Pending
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Ford Mustang Mach-E Select
75.7 kWh Standard 370 km est. 370 km est. 29 cu.ft. $52,500 est. BC
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Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium
Extended Range
98.8 kWh Standard 480 km est. 480 km est. 29 cu.ft. $67,500 est. None
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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
Extended Range Performance
98.8 kWh Standard 375 km est. 375 km est. 29 cu.ft. $85,000 est. None
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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. $46,809 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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Karma Revero GT 2020
with range extender gas engine
28 kWh Standard 129 km 579 km 6.4 cu.ft. $188,606 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
64 kWh Standard 383 km 383 km 18.8 cu.ft. $44,390 Federal
BC
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Mercedes EQC 400
80 kWh Standard 338 km est. 338 km est. 17.7 cu.ft. est. $89,500 est. None
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Mini Cooper SE
32 kWh Standard 177 km 177 km 8.7 cu.ft. $42,860 est. Federal
BC
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Nissan Leaf
40 kWh Standard 242 km 242 km 23.6 cu.ft. $46,248 Federal
BC
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Nissan Leaf PLUS
62 kWh Standard 364 km 364 km 23.6 cu.ft. $48,848 Federal
BC
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Polestar 2
78 kWh Standard 443 km 443 km 15.5 cu.ft. $71,900 est. None
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Porsche Taycan 4S
79.2 kWh Standard 283 km est. 283 km est. 12.9 cu.ft. $120,900 None
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Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus
93.4 kWh Standard 327 km 327 km 12.9 cu.ft. $128,400 None
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Porsche Taycan Turbo
93.4 kWh Standard 323 km 323 km 12.9 cu.ft. $175,400 None
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Porsche Taycan Turbo S
93.4 kWh Standard 309 km 309 km 12.9 cu.ft. $213,900 None
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Tesla Model 3 standard plus
54 kWh Standard 402 km 402 km 15 cu.ft. $52,880 Federal
BC
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Tesla Model 3 long range
75 kWh Standard 518 km 518 km 15 cu.ft. $64,880 None
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Tesla Model 3 performance
75 kWh Standard 481 km 481 km 15 cu.ft. $74,880 None
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Tesla Model Y standard
54 kWh Standard 370 km 370 km 67 cu.ft. $56,980 est. None
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Tesla Model Y long range
75 kWh Standard 509 km 509 km 67 cu.ft. $75,880 None
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Tesla Model Y performance
75 kWh Standard 507 km 507 km 67 cu.ft. $85,880 None
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Tesla Model S long range
100 kWh Standard 647 km 647 km 31.6 cu.ft. $105,880 None
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Tesla Model S performance
100 kWh Standard 560 km 560 km 31.6 cu.ft. $130,880 None
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Tesla Model X long range
100 kWh Standard 564 km 564 km 26 cu.ft. $112,880 None
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Tesla Model X performance
100 kWh Standard 491 km 491 km 26 cu.ft. $137,880 None
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Volkswagen e-Golf
35.8 kWh Standard 201 km 201 km 22.8 cu.ft. $39,580 Federal
BC
ImageVolvo XC40 Recharge 78 kWh Standard 320 km est. 320 km est. 14.6 cu.ft. $71,500 est. None

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 with an electric range of 85 km or more qualify for the $3,000 BC Government rebate after tax. Those rebates have 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. The available incentives are 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 once the dealer has the vehicle available for delivery.