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Electric Vehicles

    Status: Improving 

There are two main types of electric vehicles (EVs). Both types have batteries and can be plugged into electrical connections and charged. The first type is plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). These cars can be driven a limited distance on battery power (usually tens of kilometres), after which an internal combustion engine engages to charge the batteries and/or propel the vehicle. Examples of PHEVs include the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Prime. The second type of EV is the battery electric vehicle (BEV). BEVs have larger batteries, longer all-electric range (usually hundreds of kilometres), and no internal combustion engines. Examples of BEVs include the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and several models from Tesla. The term electric vehicle, or EV, encompasses both PHEVs and BEVs.

Where are we now?

The number of EVs in Saskatoon is rising rapidly. The number has more than quadrupled since 2017.


Source: Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).  Data analysis assistance provided by SaskEV.​

Data Table
Electric Vehicles (EVs) Registered in Saskatoon
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total EVs (PHEVs & BEVs) 2 4 13 22 28 41 56 99 188 273

 Source: Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Data analysis assistance provided by SaskEV.

What Are We Doing?

Solar-powered EVs
Saskatoon Light & Power is a partner in “Renewable Rides,” an award-winning program which has brought 100% solar-powered electric vehicles to the Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative’s fleet of cars. 

What Can You Do?

Keep informed about the City’s expanding efforts to reduce community and City GHG emissions.

If you plan to buy an automobile, inform yourself about EV options.

Did You Know?

In the 1950s and early ’60s nearly all Saskatoon buses were electric. These "trolley" busses relied on overhead electrical lines for their power. Electric buses were in use in Saskatoon until 1974.