The Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) just finished up another great year, with more electric vehicles on display than ever before. Each year it attracts around 200,000 car-loving visitors. As a Montreal local, I had the chance to go in person and take a look at all the latest electric vehicles. Read on to take a tour of some of the show’s highlighted EVs.
Getting Electric At The Generator
On the first day of the show, my morning started off with a press conference to mark the opening of a brand-new part of the show – the Generator. This portion of the show highlighted new technologies in the electric vehicle industry with 20+ Quebec companies and products. FLO was one of the exhibitors in the Generator.
In addition to new green technologies, the Generator also marks the MIAS’ initiatives, which has been developing its electric offer for the last several years. This year, 42 electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen models were on display at the show. Visitors could also test-drive 12 electric models, and even get a chance to see how they handle the road in Montreal’s snowy weather.
Mitsubishi’s Electric Future
The Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION concept made its Canadian debut at the show. The all-electric model shows where Mitsubishi plans to take its design and technology. Even though it’s quite futuristic, the e-EVOLUTION concept is impressive to see in person. The Japanese carmaker hasn’t released any information about the car’s technical specifications, so don’t expect to see it at a dealership anytime soon. The Outlander PHEV was also on display.
Going Further with Kia Electric
Kia’s display was notably focused on their electric vehicles, and this year they brought the 2019 Kia Niro EV and the 2020 Kia Soul EV. The Niro EV has an official EPA range of 385 km. On the other hand, the Soul EV range is said to be around 320 km (200 mi), but it has yet to be officially confirmed by the automaker.
Hyundai’s Electric Avenue
Hyundai’s ‘Electric Avenue’ exhibit was hard to resist and packed with visitors. It was also the display I was looking forward to seeing the most for the Kona EV, since it’s gotten a lot of buzz lately. It has an impressive range of 415 km (258 mi), and recently won the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Hyundai brought more electric models to the show than any other carmaker, with the IONIQ electric, IONIQ plug-in, KONA electric, the Sonata plug-in and three other ‘green’ vehicles in tow.
Electric with BMW
BMW brought their i3 and i8 roadster to Montreal. The electric display was a bit pushed to the back. But clusters of people were still lining up to sit in the roadster and take a closer look at the i3.
The All-Electric Jaguar i-Pace
The Jaguar i-PACE was aesthetically my favorite EV at the show. Almost the entire top of the car was a sunroof, and it was luxurious to sit in. Jaguar had it on display front and center among their gas vehicles, so there was no need to search for it.
The Newly Updated Nissan LEAF
Making its Canadian debut here in Montreal, Nissan brought the new LEAF Plus. Nissan displayed it in two colours. Both had the extended range printed in giant text across the side of the vehicle. It’s not the most eye-catching EV, but the body design has evolved since the original 2011 LEAF. Now it looks more like a “regular” vehicle, which I think is a good thing.
The 2019 LEAF Plus comes with an upgraded 62 kWh battery pack and a higher output of powertrain. The official NRCan range is a notable 363 km.
There were many other carmakers who brought green models with them. To see the full list, click here.
The Electric Offering
This was my first opportunity to see some of these newer EV models in person. It was great since I write about them on a daily basis for FLO. It would have been nice to see even more EVs on display, especially since Quebec has a great EV adoption rate. But for now it’s a good step in the right direction.