Electric cars (EVs) are becoming more affordable every year with the likes of the Citroen Ami being the cheapest car on the market priced at $7,000, with several other electric vehicles costing a little above that range. On this note, we’ve compiled a handy list of the 10 cheapest EVs in the Canadian market currently.
10 Cheapest EV In Canada
1. Citroen Ami – $7,000
While the Citroen Ami is a quadricycle, this little electric ‘car’ provides exceptional value for money. Unlike the now-discontinued Renault Twizy, the Ami has a surprisingly large interior for its size. Its boxy shape provides ample headroom for you and one passenger, as well as ample floor space and clever nooks for storing a few goods from an impromptu shopping excursion.
2. Smart EQ – $16,485
The EQ has a range of about 80 miles but is chargeable in a variety of ways. It can be charged in six hours from a household outlet, in 40 minutes from a 22kW fast charger, and two and a half hours from a Smart wallbox. The Smart has a modern appearance and entertainment system on the inside, and the boot is a good size.
The biggest disadvantage of this vehicle is that it only has two seats, but you might also consider its price to be a detriment since it costs over $16,000 more than the previously available petrol-powered Smart ForTwo. The Smart EQ ForFour, which was recently discontinued, has two extra seats but a smaller boot.
3. Fiat 500 – $17,750
There is now an all-electric version of the 500. Despite a considerable technical update, the tiny 500 retains its classic appeal and outstanding aptitude as a city car. The electric 500’s 117bhp provides rapid acceleration, making it easy to drive around town, while a range of up to 199 miles (depending on trim level and battery) allows for the occasional longer excursion.
The new 500 is one of the cheapest electric cars on the market, but if you want the highest-spec trim, you’ll have to pay a few thousand pounds extra. The new 500, like the previous model, is available with a folding fabric sunroof, making it one of the few electric convertibles on the UK market.
4. Nissan Leaf – $19,900
The Nissan Leaf isn’t the most recent electric vehicle on the market, but it shouldn’t be disregarded if you’re looking for zero-emission family transportation. It’s more spacious, attractive, and well-equipped than its predecessor. Even the entry-level model includes a rear-view camera, smartphone mirroring, alloy wheels, and a package of safety systems such as lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Cheaper Leaf variants have a 39kWh battery, which is good for 168 miles – or even more if you remain in town. That means most commuters will only need to plug in once every few days, while a full charge from a residential wallbox takes 7.5 hours. Nissan also sells the e-NV200 Combi, an electric seven-seat MPV that undercuts its competitors but now appears to be out of date.
5. MG ZS SUV – $21,990
Few people expected MG to build an electric vehicle, and when the ZS EV debuted, some people were surprised. Although it is more expensive than the petrol ZS, it is one of the cheapest electric cars on the market today – also one of the largest automobiles on this list. It’s a good-sized, practical SUV, and the electric engine has improved the driving experience significantly.
The ZS EV accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in four seconds less than the turbocharged petrol, and it has a range of up to 163 miles (or 231 if you stick within city limits). The inside isn’t going to fool you into thinking it’s a luxury vehicle, but it’s still relatively well-equipped, with sat-nav, DAB radio, and smartphone mirroring all included on the entry-level model. The 448-liter boot of the ZS is large for the class and remains untouched by the conversion to electric propulsion.
6. MINI Electric – $29,900
The transition to electric power has had minimal effect on the MINI’s excellent handling, and the MINI Electric is nearly as fast as a fuel Cooper S. Even the base ‘1’ model includes satellite navigation, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, and a digital instrument cluster.
However, you pay for the premium name and equipment; the 145-mile range is far shorter than that of the Peugeot e-208 and Renault ZOE, and there isn’t much space for passengers or luggage, albeit there is no compromise when compared to the ordinary MINI.
7. Vauxhall Corsa-e – $31,017
The Vauxhall Corsa-e joins this list following a £3,000 price drop in December 2021. Not only does this mean that every Corsa-e (and every Vauxhall Mokka-e) is now priced under £32,000, but the lowest electric Corsa is even less. LED headlights, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, and a touchscreen are standard on all models.
Vauxhall added some improvements to the electric powertrain that powers its ‘e’ badged cars. A more efficient heat pump and new tires are among the upgrades that allow the Corsa-e to drive up to 222 kilometers on a single charge, up from 209 miles previously.
8. Mazda MX-30 SUV – $33,470
Mazda’s first electric vehicle is one of the more unusual alternatives on this list. Its eye-catching design is enhanced by back doors that open backward, and the inside features recycled cork trim to honor Mazda’s roots in the cork industry. Rather than chasing a long-range with a large battery, the Mazda MX-30 comes with a relatively tiny 35.5kWh cell.
Fitting a modest battery was a deliberate choice. Its 124-mile range is disappointing, but according to Mazda’s data, that’s fine for the vast majority of its customers. And a smaller battery has other advantages; the MX-30 is lighter, more nimble, and less expensive as a result. The MX-30 isn’t the finest family car because of its slightly tight rear seat, but many of the cars on this list are similarly compact.
9. Peugeot e-208 – $36,079
Peugeot opted not to give the e-208 extravagant style to set it apart as the company’s first attempt at an electric vehicle. It looks almost identical to the petrol and diesel 208s, yet it’s nonetheless eye-catching and sporty. It’s the fastest model in the 208 lineups, so you might claim it has the performance to back up those racy looks.
The 0-62mph sprint takes slightly more than eight seconds, and the maximum range is listed as 225 miles. With 100kW fast-charging, you can charge the e-208’s batteries by 100 kilometers in just 20 minutes. Peugeot is now synonymous with eye-catching, well-equipped interiors, and the e-208 is no exception. The lack of a place to store the charging cord is a small annoyance.
10. MG 5 EV – $38,995
The MG 5 EV, which continues the low-cost, no-frills lineage of the ZS EV, isn’t very thrilling, but it is an extremely practical and economical estate car. It’s priced like a much smaller car, with a starting price of roughly £28,000 (after the grant) for the Long Range model, but with a massive 578 liters of cargo space, it’ll accommodate just about anything and everything you might need to transport with ease, and it’ll seat five passengers in acceptable comfort.
MG hasn’t sacrificed range to keep the price low, either, as the MG 5 EV Long-Range can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge. Moreover, despite the car’s simplicity, standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, and air conditioning. The MG 5 will receive a facelift in 2022, with newer styling and technologies.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are powered by a battery rather than a gasoline tank and use an electric motor rather than an internal combustion engine. Although they can be costly, there are some EVs available now that will not have you break the bank, and this article has provided you with a list of the 10 cheapest ones in the Canadian market.