As fuel prices are unpredictable, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are gaining ground among Canadian drivers. BEVs need no gasoline and have dramatically less required maintenance over the years, making them an excellent alternative. On top of all that, BEVs produce no emissions, and national and provincial rebates help lower their cost.

If you’re in the market for the cheapest electric car in Canada to handle your daily commute, you’re in luck. The auto industry has recently leaned heavily into the EV segment, leading to an influx of more affordable electric cars with longer driving ranges.

Below are some of the cheapest electric cars in Canada and a way you can save even more cash on your next EV by checking out the pre-owned market.

The Cheapest Electric Cars in Canada

The words “cheap” and “electric vehicles” really don’t mix well together, as the technology behind electric vehicles (EVs) remains relatively expensive. However, the costs have slowed, allowing manufacturers to install more advanced battery packs and more efficient and powerful electric motors than ever.

Below, we look at some of the cheapest electric cars you can buy in 2024 and what they offer.

Source: Car and Driver

FIAT (500e)RED

Starting MSRP: TBD

Range: TBD

FIAT recently unveiled its all-new 500 lineup, including a new electrified variant dubbed the FIAT (500e)RED. It has an odd name, but FIAT promises it to be Canada's lowest-MSRP battery electric vehicle (BEV), so it sits at No. 1 on our list for now. 

We’re still awaiting complete details, as Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has yet to test its range and fuel consumption equivalents officially. However, we know it’ll boast a 42-kWh battery capacity and an electric motor that delivers 117 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. We also know it’ll include many great features, including a 10.25-inch infotainment system, FIAT Connect, navigation, and more.

Source: Chevrolet

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Starting MSRP: $41,577
Range: 417 km

The Bolt EV was another trailblazing electric vehicle when it debuted, as it was one of the first mass-produced EVs to deliver over a 400-km all-electric range and cost less than $40,000. Today, it’s not as mold-shattering as it once was, but the Bolt EV remains a competent and affordable option.

This electric hatchback boasts 200 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which gives it a surprisingly quick 0-100 km/h time. However, the Bolt EV’s focus is on all-electric driving, which leads us to its 417-km electric range on a fully charged battery. It’s also quite efficient, delivering consumption ratings of 1.8 Le/100 km city, 2.2 Le/100 km highway, and 2.0 Le/100 km combined.

Chevy stopped producing the Bolt EV in December 2023, but you may still find a few examples lingering on showroom floors. The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV remains an affordable EV option, with a starting price tag of $41,577 before any incentives or federal tax credit, making it the cheapest electric car in Canada.

Source: Road & Track

Mazda MX-30

Starting MSRP: $42,650
Range: 161 km

Mazda leaped into the EV realm in the 2022 model year with its MX-30 electric crossover. This electric SUV’s powertrain isn’t anything to write home about at 143 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. On top of this, its 161-km electric range is among the worst in the EV class. Making matters worse, its fuel consumption equivalents are also among the bottom of the EV class — outside performance models, of course — at 2.4 Le/100 km city, 2.8 Le/100 km highway, and 2.6 Le/100 km combined.

Where the MX-30 excels is its design. It offers a sleek and stylish entry into the EV segment and the precision handling the brand is known for. It also includes an 8.8-inch infotainment screen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The MX-30’s other crowning achievement is its pricing, which rings in at just $42,650 before government incentives.

Source: Edmunds

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Starting MSRP: $43,182
Range: 397 km

Like the Bolt EV’s powertrain but need a crossover? The Bolt EUV will fit your needs.

The Bolt EUV takes the competent Bolt powertrain and puts it under a compact crossover body. This transplant drops the electric driving range to 397 km, but that’s still more than enough. The tradeoff is a higher ride height and roomier cabin, which may be more than worth it to some buyers.

The Bolt EUV’s efficiency also dips a bit, checking in at 1.9 Le/100 km city, 2.3 Le/100 km highway, and 2.1 Le/100 km combined.

Despite its larger body and roomier cabin, the 2023 Bolt EUV isn’t dramatically more expensive than the base Bolt EV. Its MSRP rings in at $43,182 before incentives and rebates.

Like the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV ended production in December 2023, but you can still find some lingering on showroom floors.

Source: Top Gear

Nissan LEAF

Starting MSRP: $44,596
240 km

The Nissan LEAF was the leader in electrification in the automotive world when it debuted over a decade ago. Since then, the rest of the automotive world has passed it by in many ways, but the LEAF remains a solid option due to its affordability.

The 2025 Nissan LEAF SV comes standard with a 40-kWh battery pack, giving it a 240-km all-electric driving range in its base setup. Compared to its competitors, this is a modest range, but it’s plenty for the average commuter. For those who need additional range, upgrade to the SV Plus, which starts from $50,346, and get a 60-kWh battery pack that bumps its range to 349 km.

The LEAF has 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in its base setup, giving it respectable zip off the line. The LEAF’s big selling point is its efficiency of 1.9 Le/100 km city, 2.4 Le/100 km highway, and 2.1 Le/100 km combined. 

The SV Plus bumps the output to 215 hp, but its consumption equivalents also increase to 2 to 2.1 Le/100 km city, 2.4 to 2.5 Le/100 km highway, and 2.2 Le/100 km combined.

You can get all this for a starting MSRP of just $44,596, making it the cheapest EV on the list before provincial and national EV incentives. The Nissan LEAF SV Plus’ base MSRP checks in at $50,346.

Source: Forbes

Mini Cooper SE

Starting MSRP: $48,150
183 km

If you want some personality to accompany your electric car, the 2024 Mini Cooper SE oozes personality. While it boasts the unique looks of the iconic Mini Cooper, the electrified Cooper SE has one big downside: a minimal driving range of just 183 km. If you can live with its short range, the Mini Cooper SE is quite efficient at a 2.0 Le/100 km city, 2.3 Le/100 km highway, and 2.1 Le/100 km combined.

The Mini Cooper SE’s electric motor delivers 181 horsepower to the front wheels and offers relatively zippy acceleration — about seven seconds to 100 km/h. Plus, the Cooper SE can get an 80% charge in just 35 minutes on a DC Fast Charger. So, if you want to travel longer distances, you still can, albeit an 80% charge at a time.

The 2024 Mini Cooper SE is also relatively affordable at $48,150 before incentives.

Source: Car and Driver

Kia Niro EV

Starting MSRP: $48,544
Range: 407 km

The redesigned Kia Niro lineup includes a hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and EV, making it one of the more diverse vehicles in this automaker’s lineup. The Niro EV boasts an electric motor with 201 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, ample power for this small crossover.

The Niro EV can travel up to 407 km on a full battery, so it’s great for the typical commuter and a family that makes random trips to the grocery store and other places. This crossover delivers fuel consumption ratings of 1.9 Le/100 km city, 2.3 Le/100 km highway, and 2.1 Le/100 km combined.

It can charge to 80% in as little as 43 minutes on a 350-kW DC fast charger.

This is all available at a tidy $48,544 base price before rebates and incentives.

Source: Guide Auto

Hyundai Kona Electric

Starting MSRP: $49,074
Range: 415 km

Hyundai Kona Electric has much to offer, from its unique style and attitude to a respectable driving range and many features.

In 2024, the Kona Electric has a 420-km all-electric driving range, translating to consumption ratings of 1.8 Le/100 km city, 2.3 Le/100 km highway, and 2.0 Le/100 km combined. On top of being efficient, the Kona Electric has decent under its hood at 201 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. This launches the Kona EV to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.

The Kona EV also has numerous high-end features to satisfy most buyers. These include a standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a heated steering wheel, and more.

All this and the 2024 Kona Electric’s base MSRP is just $49,074 before incentives and rebates.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Tesla Model 3

Starting MSRP: $50,990

Range: 438 km

The Tesla Model 3 has been through numerous updates and changes that have resulted in price volatility. The base Model 3 currently checks in at $50,990, qualifying it for our list, though it missed out in previous years. 

This version of the Model 3 has excellent range at 438 km and a 6.1-second 0-to-100 km/h sprint time, making it plenty for more drivers. As for efficiency, few do it better than the Model 3, as it checks in at 1.7 Le/100 km city, 1.9 Le/100km highway, and 1.8 Le/100km combined. 

Of course, the Model 3 is loaded with technology, including a massive touchscreen infotainment system, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise, and more. You can also add full self-driving for extra relaxation during your daily commute.

Source: The Car Connection

Volkswagen ID.4

Starting MSRP: $51,228
443 km

The Volkswagen ID.4 all-electric SUV arrived in 2021. The ID.4’s MSRP starts from $51,228.

The ID.4 has a nice assortment of standard features, including a seven-speaker audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, dual-zone climate control, digital gauge cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 12-inch touchscreen, and more. 

The standard safety equipment is even more generous. It includes front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, rearview camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and more.

The VW ID.4’s range on a single charge spans from 332 km in its base and S models to 468 km in its Pro and Pro S models. On a 135-kW DC fast charger, the ID.4 can get approximately 100 km of range in 10 minutes on a DC fast charging station.

Source MotorTrend

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Starting MSRP: $57,674
354 km

The IONIQ 5 — a lifted hatchback marketed as a crossover — is another excellent, inexpensive option from Hyundai.

The IONIQ 5 features a sharp, futuristic design, but Hyundai showed some restraint by keeping its design from going over the top. 

The standard powertrain behind this small crossover is an all-electric setup delivering 225 horsepower that sprints it to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. 

A 320-horsepower Preferred Long Range AWD model boasts a 5.1-second 0-to-100 km/h sprint time. Unfortunately, this high-powered model falls outside the range of affordable electric cars in Canada.

The base 2024 IONIQ 5 delivers 488 kilometres of driving range and consumption ratings of 1.8 Le/100 km city, 2.4 Le/100 km highway, and 2.1 Le/100 km combined. When you plug into a 350-kW fast-charging station, the IONIQ 5 can reach an 80% charge in just over 17 minutes.

This comes with a starting price of just $57,674 before rebates and incentives.

Source: CNET

Hyundai IONIQ 6

Starting MSRP: $57,674
Range: 581 km

The Hyundai IONIQ 6 is a continuation of the IONIQ electric sub-brand, giving Kia a sleek sedan to complement its edgy electric crossover. 

The IONIQ 6 shares the IONIQ 5’s powertrain, as it has two variants: a 225-horsepower base model and a 320-horsepower AWD model. The former sprints this sedan to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, while the latter does the same in 5.1 seconds. 

The base model's driving range comes in at 491 to 581 km, whereas the AWD variant ranges from 435 km to 509 km. Fuel consumption estimates in the base model are 1.5 to 1.8 Le/100 km city, 1.9 to 2.2 Le/100 km highway, and 1.7 to 2.0 Le/100 km combined. In the AWD model, the consumption ratings ring in at 1.8 to 2.1 Le/100 km city, 2.1 to 2.5 Le/100 km highway, and 1.9 to 2.3 Le/100 km combined.

Get the Cheapest Electric Cars at Clutch and Shop at Home

At Clutch, Canada’s first 100% online pre-owned auto retailer, we have a wide range of the cheapest electric cars in stock. And with an expansive used EV inventory, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect electric car for you and your family.

All our electric cars undergo a 210-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they’re ready for the road.

At Clutch, you search for and buy your pre-owned EV 100% online — no need to set foot in a dealership. And our no-haggle pricing ensures you’re always getting the best possible price. Once you find the perfect EV for you, we’ll set up financing, evaluate your trade-in vehicle, and deliver the vehicle to you.

Check out our vast inventory of quality pre-owned electric cars today and choose the ideal one for you.