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The race to electrify cars around the world is showing no signs of slowing down. Sales of electric vehicles in Canada exceeded 18,500 in 2017, a 68-per-cent increase year-over-year. As well, with sales of nearly 7,500 units last year, Ontario pulled ahead of Quebec for the first time as the province with the most EVs sold, achieving growth of 120 per cent over the previous year.

In recent months, numerous auto makers, including Volvo, Porsche, General Motors and Ford, have made commitments to electrifying their fleet and giving electric vehicles an increasingly central role to play in their respective futures. Nearly every auto maker now has at least one hybrid or electric vehicle in their lineup, providing consumers plenty of great alternatives to their internal-combustion-based counterparts.

Extremely attractive government incentives are also available on electric vehicle purchases in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, which are applied over and above regular manufacturer incentives. We’ve featured some of our favourite offers this week on electric vehicles. If you don’t find an offer that suits you, be sure to check out the new Globe Drive Build and Price Tool to see the latest incentives and discounts on any new car, truck or SUV.

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2018 Volvo XC90 T8 All-Wheel Drive Momentum

Volvo XC90.

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The 2018 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid outputs a massive 400 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft. of torque through its highly efficient turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder hybrid T8 engine. This seven-seater SUV also achieves a combined fuel economy as low as 9.2 litres/100 km, an more than 10-per-cent improvement over its gasoline-only engine variant.

Key features on the Momentum trim include a 224-watt, 10-speaker, high-performance audio system, quad-zone climate control, wiper-integrated windshield washer nozzles, a heads-up display, front-collision-mitigation support, lane-keep assist, engine start-stop functionality, a road sign recognition system and LED headlights with retractable, high-pressure washers.

  • MSRP: $74,950
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $3,000
  • Estimated dealer discount: $1,000
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,155
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $73,105
  • Finance for 60 months at 2.9-per-cent interest for $1,541 a month including tax and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 2.9-per-cent interest for $1,286 a month including tax and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment
  • Additional Ontario Government Electric Vehicle Incentive of up to $10,000 applied after tax 

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT PHEV S-AWC 6AT

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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Equipped with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV outputs up to 197 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque through its Super-All Wheel Control powertrain. It consumes the equivalent of 3.2 litres/100 km and offers an all-electric driving range of up to 35 kilometres. This means if your average commute is fewer than 35 kilometres and you charge your Outlander each night, you may not have to go to a gas station for a very long time.

Interior highlights on the GT trim include a seven-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a 710-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate Punch audio system, premium leather seats and a heated, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. On its exterior, the GT trim features automatic LED headlights with automatic high beam, LED fog lights and power-folding side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. It also features safety technology such as a forward-collision-mitigation system, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear-cross-traffic alert and a multiview camera system that provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye-view of the vehicle.

For a limited time, new Mitsubishi owners will be eligible to upgrade the standard five-year/100,000-kilometre new vehicle limited warranty to a 10-year/160,000-kilometre coverage at no charge. The Outlander PHEV also carries a powertrain limited warranty, a lithium-ion battery limited warranty and roadside assistance for the same period.

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  • MSRP: $49,998
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,840
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $51,338
  • Finance for 60 months at 2.99-per-cent interest for $1,042 a month including tax and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at zero-per-cent interest for $845 a month including tax and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment
  • Additional Ontario Government Electric Vehicle Incentive of up to $7,000 applied after tax 

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2018 Kia Soul EV Luxury

2018 Kia Soul EV.

The 2018 Kia Soul EV is powered by a 30-kilowatt-hour lithium ion polymer battery that delivers 109 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. This zero-emissions vehicle boasts a driving range of 179 kilometres, while only consuming the equivalent of 2.2 litres/100 km and is capable of charging up to 80 per cent in as few as 23 minutes through a fast-charging port conveniently located behind its signature Kia tiger-nose grille.

The 2018 Soul EV comes standard with an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a voice-activated navigation system, an organic LED instrument cluster, a leather-wrapped and heated multifunction steering wheel, push-button ignition, automatic projection headlights and LED tail lights. The Luxury trim also features heated and cooled front seats, power-folding side-view mirrors, fog lights, front and rear parking sensors and an available panoramic moonroof.

  • MSRP: $38,995
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $2,000 (as compared with $750 in April)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $250
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,925
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $38,670
  • Finance for 60 months at 0.99-per-cent interest for $766 a month including tax, which includes a $1,000 manufacturer incentive (as compared with no incentive in April) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1.99-per-cent interest for $737 a month including tax and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment
  • Additional Ontario Government Electric Vehicle Incentive of up to $14,000 applied after tax 

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2018 MINI Countryman S E ALL4

MINI Countryman.

The 2018 MINI Countryman S E ALL4 is the auto maker’s first ever plug-in hybrid vehicle. It features a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that, when coupled with its eDrive motor, is capable of producing a combined 221 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque while consuming the equivalent of 3.6 litres/100 km. Drivers can choose between Max, Auto and Save Battery driving modes to adjust the vehicle’s reliance on its electric motor. Other notable features on the S E ALL4 trim include a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated windshield washer jets, park distance control, dynamic cruise control, run-flat tires and a regenerative braking system.

  • MSRP: $43,490
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $750 (as compared with $600 in April)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,385
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $44,625
  • Finance for 60 months at 1.9-per-cent interest for $882 a month including tax, which includes a $750 manufacturer incentive (as compared with $600 in April) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 2.9-per-cent interest for $716 a month including tax, which includes a $750 manufacturer incentive (as compared with $600 in April) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment
  • Additional Ontario Government Electric Vehicle Incentive of up to $7,000 applied after tax 

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Andrew Tai is CEO of Unhaggle. Follow on Twitter @ahytai

Manufacturer incentives and pricing calculations are based on Ontario customers and subject to availability of inventory. Dealer discounts shown are estimates for illustrative purposes only, may vary by region and are given at the discretion of individual dealers. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the information above is accurate at the time of publication, pricing, incentives and discounts are subject to change or discontinuation at any time. Vehicle images may not represent the exact model featured in the pricing provided. Consult your local dealership for details.

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