EV News Roundup: Canada’s Most Popular EVs and Cadillac’s Celestiq

Includes a first ride in the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 and the price of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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The auto industry is rapidly shifting towards an electric future with new technology, new products, new policies and new questions popping up every day.

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Here are the biggest EV-related stories, debuts, and reviews from the past month.

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These are the best-selling electric vehicles in every Canadian province

With a full charge range north of 400 kilometers, the 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is a bona fide real-world electric crossover.
With a full charge range north of 400 kilometers, the 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is a bona fide real-world electric crossover. Photo by Andrew McCredie

A total of $25,452 was distributed to EV buyers by Transport Canada in the first eight months of 2022. Much of that money went to Tesla, as 38 percent of the discounts went to new owners of the Model 3. It is, however you slice it, the best-selling EV in the nation. But not in every province!

By analyzing a list of all vehicles receiving Transport Canada’s iZEV incentive (which no longer includes the Model 3 now priced above the magical $55,000 it was below earlier this year), we arrived at a list of the best-selling EVs in each province. Really, the list could have been shorter if we only included the four regions where the Tesla Model 3 didn’t dominate. Click the link above to find out which prairie province has a penchant for the Hyundai Kona EV.

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Cadillac introduces the Celestiq sedan, the internet has quite a bit of fun at the expense of

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2024 Cadillac Celestiq Photo by General Motors

Cadillac is reaching for the sky with its towering all-electric luxury sedan, the Celestiq. Probably starting somewhere above $300,000 in Canada, the 2024 Celestiq made its global debut earlier this month, riding on GM’s Ultium platform and featuring a long four-seat frame with a customizable interior, all hand-built at GM’s Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Cadillac says it hopes that using a 111 kWh battery pack and two electric motors, the car will deliver 600 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque, a motor for about 438 km, and can reach 60 mph from a standstill in about 3.8 km/h. seconds.

Far more intriguing than any performance figures, however, is the car’s design and styling (and its price), making the internet fast a frenzy of comparisons, complaints, questions and compliments. Some wondered if the Rolls-Royce competitor would be sold at the usual dealerships (Big Bob obviously knows deals, but does he know how to serve the uber elite?). Others didn’t get past the length of the back. Do you have any opinions? We hear the internet still accepts these.

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Motor Mouth: Is Canada Missing Out on the ‘Frenzy’ of EV Battery Manufacturing?

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battery shop Photo by Graeme Fletcher

Columnist David Booth (aka Motor Mouth) now wants to be right about his take on the current ‘EV frenzy’ and how it seems to be bypassing Canada. He wants to be, but he doesn’t think he is. Because despite Canada having an abundance of the actual raw materials needed to make them, Canada isn’t ramping up its EV battery production like the US is. A little thing called Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit (AMPC) stands in the way, greatly encouraging as it cuts battery cell production in the country through US$35 tax credits for every kilowatt hour of cell produced in the US. If you stick with that calculation, you’ll get about a third of the total cost of battery production returned to automakers in the form of rebates. How can Canada compete?

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This is not to say that Canada will not be in the battery game at all – it is likely that we will continue to be tapped for our valuable resources – but that we probably won’t see any new battery production facilities in the country any time soon. Read the full opinion piece here to find out what can be done about the imbalance.

First impressions behind the wheel of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 . from 2023

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Photo by Clayton Seams

What sets an EV apart? Hyundai’s answer to that question with the Ioniq 6 has to be ‘design’, because the brand’s ‘electrified streamliner’ is a symphony of details. The new EV has a unique and long profile made possible by a longer wheelbase, a curved roofline and dovetail rear, and several aerodynamic exterior features such as multiple subtle spoilers that enhance the car’s thoughtful appearance. Hundreds of ‘pixels’ have also been incorporated into the design inside and out.

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The Ioniq 6 is stacked on the same E-GMP architecture as the Ioniq 5, and comes with the same motors and batteries that enable a standard range of 429 km and a potential range of 614 km with the extended range RWD model. the battery with 18-inch wheels.

Inside, the door panels are decidedly clean and uncluttered, as are the seats and dashboard, although the latter is flanked by small screens displaying the images collected by the rear-view cameras. The cabin is worth a look so be sure to check out scroll through the gallery of images here if you are interested in Hyudai EV game.

Here’s What the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Will Cost in Canada

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2023 Photo by Mitsubishi Canada

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been a solid option for anyone looking for a plug-in hybrid vehicle since it debuted in 2018. Now it returns for another year with better battery power, more horsepower and other perks to keep in mind. Presented for the 2023 model year in four price packages and one premium optionthe Outlander PHEV now has the largest battery in the compact plug-in SUV segment.

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Options start at $46,538 and the ES model with seating for up to seven people, a 12.3-inch display and 18-inch wheels. For $51,238, the LES trim adds a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera, and more; while the SEL package ($54,048) includes 20-inch wheels, quilted leather and heated second-row seats. For the GT trim for $57,248, buyers will unlock semi-autonomous features like adaptive cruise control, as well as a two-tone roof color option. Finally, there’s the GT Premium for $57,048, with two-tone semi-aniline leather seats and a massage function in the front seat.

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