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Here are a Few Good PHEVs, Because There are Alternatives to EVs

While the spotlight has been on electric vehicles for the past few years, it’s sometimes a good idea to remember that there are other alternatives technologies out there. Depending on your needs, lifestyle and budget, plug-in hybrid technology may be ideal.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

In short, plug-in hybrid technology allows you to drive a few dozen kilometres in an all-electric mode. Range varies from model to model, depending on battery size and vehicle efficiency. Essentially, plug-in hybrid technology enables you, for example, to make all your daily journeys on electricity alone. Then, for longer journeys, the gasoline engine kicks in, so you don’t have to worry about the range and recharging of a 100% electric vehicle. While some identify plug-in hybrid technology as a transitional technology for which there is no future, we prefer to think that the future is made up of several technologies, and that consumers will be able to choose from a vast selection. It’s worth pointing out that many plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for still generous government incentives.


Here are a few plug-in hybrids that have recently arrived on the market or that stand out in particular.


2024 Mazda CX-90


2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

Replacing the CX-9, Mazda has launched the CX-90 for 2024. This is a three-row midsize SUV. Consumers can choose between an inline six-cylinder engine enhanced by mild-hybrid technology, or a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and 17.8 kWh battery. This second proposal delivers up to 42 kilometres of all-electric driving. Currently on the market, it is the only three-row midsize SUV to feature this technology. The Mazda CX-90 is eligible for provincial and federal credits depending on the region. Mazda also recently unveiled the CX-70. Essentially, it’s the same vehicle with the same engines. However, the third row of seats has been removed.


2024 Kia Niro PHEV

2023 Kia Niro PHEV

The Kia Niro is a compact crossover. It features a practical hatch, much appreciated by customers. It offers three interesting technologies: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric. The plug-in hybrid combines a 1.6 L gasoline engine with a small electric motor and an 11.1 kWh battery. The latter enables it to travel up to 55 kilometres in electric mode. Otherwise, combined fuel consumption is just 4.8 L. The Kia Niro PHEV is a highly efficient vehicle. What’s more, it qualifies for incentives as well.


2024 Toyota Prius Prime

2023 Toyota Prius Prime | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Introduced at the turn of the millennium, the Toyota Prius needs no introduction. During the model’s previous generation, the Japanese manufacturer enhanced the offering by adding a plug-in hybrid version. For 2023, the model has been completely renewed and the car given a new look. Its styling is completely different, but it retains its great plug-in hybrid qualities. Its 2.0 L gasoline engine works in conjunction with two motor-generators and a 13.6 kWh battery. It boasts an electric range of 72 kilometres and also qualifies for government credits.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Toyota’s catalog also includes the RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid version of the popular compact SUV. This is an important technology for Toyota. Philippe Crowe, head of communications for Toyota Canada, commented that “Toyota Canada’s range of plug-in vehicles, both PHEV and EV, not only plays an essential role in reducing carbon emissions, but also meets the needs of Canadians by offering a balanced approach to the environment and diverse driving requirements across Canada. In 2023, we sold 11,645 plug-in hybrids in Canada.”


2024 Ford Escape PHEV

2023 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid | Photo: Ford


After a bumpy start, the Ford Escape PHEV has quickly established itself in the compact SUV segment with its available plug-in hybrid technology. If you opt for this model, however, you’ll have to make do with front-wheel drive only. Its 14.4 kWh battery provides an electric range of 60 kilometres making eligible for government credits.


In addition to the traditional combustion engine, the automotive market offers various technologies such as hybrid, 100% electric, hydrogen and plug-in hybrid. The latter makes it possible to drive in all-electric mode for a certain number of kilometres, taking advantage of government credits without having to deal with the anguish associated with range and recharging on long journeys.



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