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Until now, nobody bought an electric car because they couldn't afford gasoline. They did so because they could afford to walk the green talk.
But in Ontario, affordability may be less of an issue now. New government incentives range as high as $14,000 for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
As a sub-species of the latter category, the BMW i3 REX and the Chevy Volt are the only two extended-range electric vehicles sold in Canada. Optionally on the i3, and standard on the Volt, they combine a plug-in battery and electric motor with an on-board gasoline generator that kicks in to re-juice the battery and keep you going when the initial charge expires. We test them both to determine if they are ready for the mainstream.
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