Why buy an electric vehicle?

A zero-emission vehicle revolution is on the horizon

The transportation sector accounts for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and over half of this amount comes from cars and light-duty trucks. Moving from conventionally powered vehicles to electric vehicles will have a big impact on Canada’s carbon footprint. The Government of Canada is committed to seeing more zero-emissions vehicles on the road to help meet our international climate change commitments.

Electric vehicles not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they can significantly reduce your fuel costs. And with improvements to Canada’s electric vehicle infrastructure and more support from the Government of Canada to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles, we’re on the cusp of an electric vehicle revolution.

You can go farther than ever in an electric vehicle


Canada’s growing electric vehicle infrastructure now has charging stations ranging from St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador to Victoria, British Columbia, and more being built all the time.

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Use this map to locate electric charging stations and hydrogen stations along your route.

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There are electric vehicles for all lifestyles

With a wide range of models and price points, buying an electric vehicle has never been easier. Right now, there are over 30 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available in Canada.

  • BEVs produce no carbon dioxide or other emissions during operation.
  • PHEVs are emissions-free only when operating in electric mode, but they may have a greater driving range than BEVs

Many models have enough battery range to meet your daily driving needs when charged overnight.

Find out which vehicle is right for you

battery-electric vehicle

What is a battery-electric vehicle?
Learn about the technology and benefits of BEVs by watching our video.

plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

What is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?
Learn about the technology and benefits of PHEVs by watching our video.


Compare electric vehicles
Get information on fuel consumption and estimated annual fuel costs.

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Compare electric vehicles with conventional vehicles.

Electric vehicles are more affordable than ever

If you live in Ontario, Quebec or British Columbia, your provincial government has financial incentives to encourage you to buy or lease an electric vehicle. Check out the programs available:

The Government of Canada is continuing to invest in infrastructure for zero emission vehicles

The government is investing $182.5 million in green infrastructure and clean technologies  and partnering with the private sector to support the demonstration and deployment of new charging stations for electric vehicles as well as refuelling stations for alternative fuels such as hydrogen and natural gas, and is committed to developing a national strategy for zero emission vehicles in 2018 to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on Canadian roads.