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Electric Vehicles

Leading the charge with electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming a viable option for drivers in Nova Scotia. They’re safe, reliable, environmentally conscious, and most importantly, will save drivers money. Nearly 11,000 EVs have been sold in Canada since 2011, and that number is growing every day.

From detailed research to a pilot program called ShareReady, we’ve done a lot of work to figure out how easy it is for Nova Scotians to go electric. Get all the facts before you decide if an electric vehicle is right for you. In partnership with Plug 'N Drive, we've created a booklet to give you the latest information about electric vehicles in Nova Scotia. Read the full report here: Electricity Your Ride; Your Resource for Electric Cars.

Electrify Your Ride

The benefits of going electric


Save money

You’ll save thousands of dollars every year with an EV. The cost of purchasing electricity is substantially less than purchasing gas. And what’s more, EVs use less energy to operate, which also makes them cheaper. According to PlugnDrive.ca, EV drivers, on average, can save as much as $1,500 a year by driving electric.

Reliable and easy to drive

Most EVs will last approximately 140-180km before needing a charge. There are almost 50 charging stations across Nova Scotia to make sure you’re never without an outlet on the road, and more charging stations are being installed every year.

Easy to maintain

The motor inside an EV is tried and true technology, without the complications that come from a gas motor. There are no coolants, oils mufflers or exhaust systems to maintain or worry about, which means it’s not only easy to maintain, but you’ll also save money on maintenance typically required with a gas-powered vehicle.

Help the environment

Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia. With an EV, the only carbon emissions come from the power stations that generate the electricity. With 25% of Nova Scotia’s electricity coming from renewable resources, and with the percentage of renewable sources growing every year, driving an EV can reduce your emissions footprint.


Types of electric vehicles

There are three types of EVs on the road today:


Non plug-in

The most common type of EV available today, hybrids rely on two drive systems to generate their own electricity to feed their batteries. Nearly every major manufacturer offers many different models of hybrids for customers to choose from.

Plug-in Hybrid


A PHEV has both a rechargeable battery pack and a gasoline engine, and if the battery pack is depleted, the gasoline engine takes over. In Canada, Toyota, Ford, Porsche and BMW all offer PHEV options. 

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)


BEVs are powered only by a rechargeable battery pack, nothing else. Without any gasoline, they generate zero emissions. Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Kia, Mitsubishi and BMW all offer BEVs to consumers in Canada.