Costs and Use
Here is some information to help you better understand these types of vehicles.
Your home is the main place for charging your electric vehicle. A standard 120 volt outlet may be suitable for a plug-in hybrid. If you have an all-electric vehicle or an extended-range electric vehicle, it would be better to have a 240 volt station, which makes it possible to charge the battery in half the time. See the charging section for more information.
The capacity of the electric battery varies from one type of vehicle to another.
As with conventional vehicles, factors such as temperature, road conditions, and driving habits have an impact on battery life—and thus the vehicle's range. Adopting behaviors to optimize fuel economy helps increase the vehicle's battery life.
Automakers offer an eight-year warranty on electric vehicle batteries.
Cost to "Fill Up"
In Québec charging a vehicle costs around $200 to $300 a year to travel 20,000 km. The energy costs of an electric vehicle are therefore eight times lower than those of a gas-powered vehicle, calculating the cost of a liter of gas at $1.35. What's more, using an electric vehicle will shield you from unpredictable fuel price swings.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A total of 98% of the electricity produced in Québec comes from a clean and renewable source—hydroelectricity. It is a tremendous advantage to be able to charge electric vehicles without the electricity generation resulting in increased GHG emissions and other air emissions.