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There are 23 hybrid (PHEVs or HEVs) now available in Canada, including Toyota’s Prius, which has been on the market for almost a decade now.


March 14, 2012
Joe Terrett

There are 23 hybrid (PHEVs or HEVs) now available in Canada, including Toyota’s Prius, which has been on the market for almost a decade now. Here are some recent developments of note:

Chevrolet Volt
HEV
Range: 40 to 80 kilometres on battery alone, extends to 500 kilometres with a generator.
Manufacturer’s basic price: $41,545

GM Canada announced the first shipments of the Chevy Volt, equipped with an on-board gasoline powered generator in September.

2012 Nissan Leaf
BEV
Range: 160 kilometres per charge
Manufacturer’s basic price: $32,780

2012 Ford Focus EV
BEV
Range: Targeting 160 kilometres per charge
Manufacturer’s basic price: $41,199

It’s capable of fully recharging in three to four hours at home using the available wall-mounted 240-volt charge station. Microsoft aids charging at the cheapest utility rates. MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app and website, monitors key vehicle functions and charge settings.

Tesla ModelS
BEV
Range: 480 kilometres per charge
Manufacturer’s basic price: $50,000

The company first introduced it much sought after Roadster Model with a $100,000 price tag. Orders for this year’s release of the Model S sedan have reached 6,500, the company says, at the more reasonable $50,000 asking price. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk says he expects the company will turn a profit in 2013.