Consider this list: none of the vehicles here has less than a 300-kilometre electric driving range, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) estimates. And if your secondary concern is the impact on your wallet, you're in for another pleasant surprise: pricing for many of the vehicles on this list sport Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices in the mid-$40,000 range (as of April 2020), and that's before factoring in any Canadian federal and provincial incentives.
10th-place: 2020 Audi e-tron
The $90,000 CDN Audi e-tron is the German brand's first all-electric vehicle, the first of what promises to be a full line of all-electric models from this tech-forward automaker. The e-tron is a smart entry into the all-electric arena, as it combines the versatility of a two-row mid-size luxury SUV — complete with all-wheel drive and towing capability — with the practicality of an estimated 320 kilometres of electric driving range.
9th-place: 2020 Nissan Leaf Plus
For the money, the 2020 Nissan Leaf EV is one of the best electric-car buys on the market. In 2019, Nissan introduced a new model, the $46,898 CDN Nissan Leaf Plus. The Plus not only gains more horsepower — 214 versus 147 in the $44,298 CDN Leaf SV — but also more electric driving range: an estimated 363 kilometres compared to the standard Leaf's 160 kilometres.
8th-place: 2020 Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar's smallest SUV has all of the luxuries you'd expect from this storied marque, as well as 377 kilometres of estimated driving range before you have to recharge. And even though it doesn't look like a typical SUV, the $89,800 CDN 2020 I-Pace also has some off-road chops.
7th-place: 2020 Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul subcompact SUV — already one of our favourite small cars — has been completely redesigned for 2020. Compared to the previous Soul EV, the new $42,595 CDN 2020 model's estimated driving range increases from 248 kilometres to 383. Plus, you'll get the all-new Soul's expanded features and impressive updates.
6th-place: 2020 Kia Niro EV
Kia already has an impressive vehicle with its part-hatchback, part-SUV 2020 Niro. The EV version, which gets all of the connectivity and convenience features of the Niro line, adds an electric driving range of 385 kilometres to the mix for a relatively low $44,995 CDN starting price.
5th-place: 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric
Take the already likeable 2020 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV — which is known for its value as well as its good looks — and give it an estimated 415 kilometres of all-electric range, and you have one of the most versatile, coolest ways to get around. The Kona is also one of the most affordable EVs, with a starting price of $44,990 CDN.
4th-place: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Chevrolet Bolt EV was the first all-electric car to combine a low ($44,998 CDN) starting price with an estimated driving range of more than 400 kilometres (417, according to NRCan). For 2020, the Bolt is still a strong contender, even in the face of fierce new competition. The Bolt is a pleasure to drive and versatile, too.
3rd-place: 2020 Tesla Model X
The 2020 Tesla Model X brings together the best of a 3-row SUV (all-wheel drive and room for seven people or loads of cargo) with the best of Tesla (an estimated 528 kilometres of electric driving range with the $116,090 CDN Long Range Plus version). Unconventional features include a set of nifty-but-impractical Falcon Wing rear doors and floating pedestal seats for the second row.
2nd-place: 2020 Tesla Model 3
The 2020 Model 3 is Tesla's electric car for the masses. This sleekly styled, compact 5-seat sedan dazzles with cool features and an estimated 531 kilometres of range if you opt for the $65,990 CDN Long Range model. For those who can afford it, the smallest and least expensive Tesla offers day-to-day usability and surprisingly fun road manners.
1st-place: 2020 Tesla Model S
The 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus is an all-electric 5-passenger hatchback that offers up to an estimated 600 kilometres of range if you opt for the $109,090 CDN Long Range Plus model. The fact that it runs on electricity merely hints at the Model S's cutting-edge technology. Inside, a minimalist interior is dominated by a huge centre screen used to control virtually all vehicle functions.