Automakers across the board are starting to make good on their electric vehicle launch and delivery commitments, with some of the most coveted models finally arriving in Canada
Between soaring energy costs and a growing array of choices, there’s never been a better time to consider getting into a new electric vehicle in Canada. Welcome to the third quarter of 2022.
While supply chains continue to struggle and new Canadian vehicle deliveries face significant delays, the good news for buyers still outweighs the bad in Q3.
Not only is the market value for trade-in vehicles riding high, but customers are also able to get new vehicles optioned exactly how they like.
It’s been a busy quarter full of new EV announcements and launches, so let’s jump into a quick rundown on everything coming to Canada over the next few months.
If you like the Volkswagen ID.4 but want something a bit more posh, the Audi Q4 e-tron is now on sale across Canada.
Starting at $62,650, this upscale crossover incorporates everything good about the Volkswagen ID.4 while swapping out the controversial touch-sensitive interior electronics for more conventional buttons and knobs. Range on this plush vehicle clocks in at 388 kilometres, while maximum charging speed is 135 kW.
Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV
Switching lanes to a pair of EVs with sensible pricing, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are back on the market after a battery recall prompted a stop-sale order.
The Bolt EV starts at $39,998 and the Bolt EUV starts at $41,998. Both are very reasonable pricing considering rated ranges of 417 km and 397 km, respectively. Adding to ease of use, Bolt models (and all GM EVs) will soon get Plug and Charge capability for EVGo charging stations across Canada, simplifying charging by billing the owner directly.
Kia Niro EV
Also coming to the affordable EV market? The funky new Kia Niro EV, expected to be on sale in the third quarter. With new styling and vehicle-to-load capability, the next Niro holds a lot of promise.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but expect a range of around 407 km and a 10 to 80 per cent charge time of around 45 minutes using a DC fast charger.
If fast charging is a priority, the Genesis GV60 with its 800-volt architecture is now on sale and can take full advantage of ultra-fast 350 kW charging stations while offering funky styling and a nifty crystal ball shifter.
Pricing is set to start at $71,150 for the Advance AWD model, which features a range of 399 km.
Porsche Taycan GTS Sport
Maybe you like the concept of an 800-volt architecture but also want winding road fun and the space necessary for carrying heaps of stuff?
If six-figure transportation is in your grasp, check out the Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo. Think of it as a supergroup containing everything that makes the Taycan appealing. You get the tight, accurate chassis of the Taycan GTS, the cargo space of the Taycan Cross Turismo, and a wonderful absence of plastic cladding. Granted, at $156,450 before options, the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo isn’t cheap, nor is a range of around 362 km terribly impressive. But where else can you get an electric wagon that handles this well?
On a more sensible note, the arrival of the Nissan Ariya has been pushed back to Q3 2022, disappointing news for Canadian order holders hoping for electric summer motoring.
Speaking of pushback, Rivian R1T pickup truck deliveries are now expected in the third quarter.
Solterra and bZ4X
As for the two crossovers from Subaru and Toyota, the Subaru Solterra is expected to be ready for delivery in the third quarter, while its Toyota bZ4X sibling is expected to resume sales as soon as the wheel bolt issue is figured out. (The company’s first 2,700 vehicles were recalled last month. Only 20 of that number were destined for Canadian customers, theoretically for a Q3 arrival, but had not left Japan yet.)
Arriving later this year
The rest of this year is going to be a big one for EVs including for Canadian companies hungry for commercial vans purchases in Q3. Here is a look at what is expected to arrive in the coming months.
The Arrival Van is expected to arrive either in the fourth quarter (potentially early 2023). Last-mile delivery is a great application for commercial EVs, so the market is eagerly waiting. Arrival hasn’t released an EPA-rated range or detailed Canadian pricing for its vans, so we’ll keep you updated as that information becomes available.
Set to provide great competition for Arrival, GM-owned BrightDrop is expected to roll out its Zevo 600 van to Canadian fleet customers by the end of the year. Expect a range of 400 km, although detailed pricing hasn’t been announced yet.
Canoo’s line of cab-forward vans and pickup trucks are planned to hit the streets in the fourth quarter, assuming the company can remain liquid through its current financial issues. Pricing and range are very much up in the air for these nifty versatile vehicles, so we’ll have to see where things land in the fourth quarter.
On the larger end of consumer vehicles, the GMC Hummer is expected to arrive in dealerships during the fourth quarter. This six-figure super truck features a projected range of 560 km and an 800-volt architecture, although detailed pricing won’t be announced until a later date.
Startup Imperium is bringing their more manageable-sized SEV electric crossover to Canadian dealerships sometime in the second half of this year. An EPA range rating hasn’t
been released yet, although pricing starts at $37,995.
And deliveries of Cadillac’s Lyriq electric crossover are now expected in the fourth quarter. While the Lyriq is very much a luxury product, a price of $69,898 for a midsize electric luxury SUV is strong value. Expect a maximum range of 502 km and a peak charging speed of 190 kW.
It’s disappointing to see GM deeply discount the Bolt and Bolt EUV in the U.S. and not share the savings in Canada.
We have a 2017 Bolt with a brand new battery and an offer from GM for $3,000 off a new car so they are trying. However, the glacially slow 40-50 kwh charging means even the new models aren’t good enough to use as an overall ICE replacement; good for a long distance adventure, but lacking in high speed charging practicality. We’re looking at an ID4 or Kia Niro. Won’t buy without local dealer support and a test drive; two criteria that limits choices as neither our VW or Kia dealer here is Owen Sound wants anything to do with EVs!!
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