Electric cars can help you save cash on fuel and protect the environment, making them increasingly popular among commuters. Unfortunately, electric cars are still relatively new to the market, so finding an affordable electric car can be a struggle.

To help you find the best electric vehicle for your budget, we’ve outlined the 10 most affordable electric cars in Canada below.

The Top Affordable Electric Cars in Canada

You can choose from many quality electric vehicles (EVs) in Canada, but a large portion of them are quite pricey. These are the 10 most affordable electric cars in Canada.

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF has always been one of Canada's most affordable electric cars, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that it’s the first one on our list. The current LEAF carries a starting price of $39,798 before national and provincial incentives and tops out at $48,098. However, you could find a quality pre-owned 2020 Nissan LEAF starting at around $36,000.

At the base level, the LEAF comes standard with a nice assortment of features, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and more.

As for its battery, the base LEAF includes a 40-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack that’s good for 240 km on a full charge. You can also opt for the LEAF Plus, which includes a 60-kWh battery pack that bumps the driving range to 342 km.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a compact electric SUV with a lot to offer and a small price tag that starts from $46,449.70 before incentives. However, you can find a 2020 model year Kona Electric on the pre-owned market starting at around $38,000.

The Kona EV boasts a relatively sporty look and an impressive array of standard features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and more. Its standard safety gear includes a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and more.

The Kona Electric comes standard with a 64-kWh battery pack, which delivers up to a 415-km driving range on a full charge.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Bolt EV was one of the cheapest electric cars to reach the 320-km range mark when it debuted as an affordable alternative to a Tesla model. Today, the Bolt EV remains an affordable EV with tons to offer and a starting price of $38,198. However, you can snag a used 2020 Bolt EV at an even lower price point to save a little cash.

At this super-low price, the Bolt EV comes standard with a generous helping of features. These include a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi, SiriusXM, heated front seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-inch driver-information center, remote start, and much more. 

The Bolt EV’s list of safety features is equally impressive. It includes standard automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, front pedestrian braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rearview camera, and more.

The Bolt EV can drive up to 417 km on a single charge and accepts a DC fast charge, allowing it to get up to 160 km of charge in just 30 minutes.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

After the success of the Bolt EV, Chevy released a higher-riding, crossover-like Bolt dubbed the Bolt EUV. The Bolt EUV is slightly pricier than its hatchback sibling, with a starting price of $40,198. However, a quality preowned 2022 Bolt EUV will start at around $39,000.

The Bolt EUV is just as well-equipped as the Bolt EV. It includes a standard 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi, SiriusXM, heated front seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-inch driver-information center, remote start, and much more. 

The standard advanced safety tech is also the same. It includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, front pedestrian braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rearview camera, and more.

Because of its larger body and higher ride height, the Bolt EUV’s range is slightly lower at 397 km.

Mini Cooper SE

Even Mini got into the EV segment with an electrified version of the Cooper Hardtop dubbed the Mini Cooper SE. This three-door hatchback features a unique look that stands out and an affordable starting price of $45,590. However, you can find quality used 2020 Cooper SE models on the market for around $36,000.

The Mini Cooper SE comes standard with a nice assortment of equipment, including an 8.8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (no Android Auto), dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, sport seats, and more. In terms of advanced safety gear, it includes automatic emergency braking.

The downside to the Cooper is its relatively short driving range of just 183 km due to its tiny 32-kWh battery. However, it takes just 35 minutes to get an 80% charge on a DC fast charger.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is an all-new electric hatchback for the 2022 model year, starting from $47,549.70. The IONIQ 5 is fairly new, so the used market is still heating up, but you may find them as low as about $43,000.

As a brand-new model, the IONIQ 5 is filled with loads of the latest features and technology, including dual 12.3-inch screens (infotainment and digital gauges), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, LED interior lighting, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, and more. Standard advanced safety gear is also plentiful and includes blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic avoidance, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and much more.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 has two battery pack options, a 58-kWh unit that delivers 354 km of range and a 77.4-kWh pack that offers up to 488 km of range. With its ultra-fast charging system that can accept up to a 350-kW charger, the IONIQ can get up to 80% range in as little as 18 minutes. And a 5-minute charge will net you 100 km of driving range.

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is virtually identical to the Hyundai IONIQ 5 under its skin, but the EV6 sets itself apart with a more eye-grabbing and sporty design. Like the IONIQ 5, the EV6 is an all-new vehicle for 2022, and its starting price is $44,995. The used market isn’t huge for the EV6, but you may find one for around $42,000.

The 2022 Kia EV6 is just as well-equipped as its Hyundai cousin. Its standard features include a synthetic-leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, dual panoramic 12.3-inch screens, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, dual-zone climate control, and more. In the safety department, the EV6 comes standard with blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic avoidance, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The EV6 also features 58- and 77.4-kWh battery options, giving it an EV range of 373 in the RWD Standard Range model to 499 km in the RWD Long Range model. The driving range of the dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) EV6 is 441 km. It also has the same 350-kW charging capabilities as the IONIQ 5.

The EV6 also has impressive performance specs, with its dual-electric-motor powertrain in the GT-Line AWD model delivering 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda broke its mold by finally entering the EV segment with the MX-30, and it debuted as one of the lowest-priced EVs on the market. The MX-30 starts from $42,150. The MX-30 is all new for 2022, so the used market is still building, but you may find some pre-owned examples for just shy of $40,000.

The MX-30 comes standard with a nice range of premium features, including an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch digital instrument screen, an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, navigation, SiriusXM, 7-inch touchscreen climate control system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, and more. Safety equipment is also plentiful and includes standard blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and more.

The downside to the Mazda MX-30 is its tiny 35-kWh battery pack that only provides 161 km of driving range. However, on a 50-kW fast charger, this small electric SUV can get an 80% charge in just 36 minutes.

Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is another one of the cheapest EVs in Canada with a starting price of $44,995. If you’re looking to save cash, you can also find a used 2020 Niro EV for around $41,000.

The Niro EV has no shortage of standard features. The list includes cloth-and-leather combination seating, automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-inch driver-information center screen, push-button ignition, Bluetooth, and more. Its standard safety tech isn’t as robust as others on the list and includes only a rearview camera. However, the SX Touring trim has a full assortment of safety tech, including blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, front parking sensors, and more.

The Niro EV comes standard with a 64-kWh battery back that gives it up to a 385-km range. Charging takes as little as 54 minutes on a 100-kW DC fast charger.

Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4, an all-electric SUV, arrived in 2021. The ID.4’s MSRP starts from $44,995, but used 2021 models generally start around $41,000 for the base Pro rear-wheel-drive (RWD) variant.

As a relatively new model, 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, 10-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 spans from 394 km with AWD to 422 km with RWD. On a 135-kW DC fast charger, the ID.4 can get approximately 100 km of range in just 10 minutes on a DC fast charging station.

Find Your Affordable Electric Car at Clutch

Opting for a used model can save a ton when buying an affordable electric car in Canada. At Clutch, Canada’s premier 100% online used car retailer, we have a huge selection of affordable used electric vehicles in stock and ready for delivery.

Not sure about buying a used EV online? Rest assured that every Clutch car goes through a 210-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure it’s ready for the road. On top of this, you also get our no-cost 90-Day Protection Plan and a 10-Day Money-Back Guarantee for additional peace of mind. 

Check out our large pre-owned EV inventory today, select the perfect model for you, and complete your purchase 100% online. We can also help you set up financing and evaluate your trade-in vehicle without setting foot inside a car dealership.