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Fleet Selector: Electric & Hybrid CUVs

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The Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Photo Chevrolet

These small sport-utilities may ultimately save you money

With electrification mandates on the horizon, many fleets are looking at adding EVs, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) alongside their gasoline vehicles. All will reduce or eliminate fuel costs, while EVs have the added benefit of fewer maintenance requirements.

For light duty, crossovers (also known as CUVs, or crossover utility vehicles) and small SUVs can be just what you need, and some may be eligible for “green” rebates. Fuel economy figures are for city, highway and combined, using Le (litres equivalent) for EVs.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

The Bolt EUV, which stands for “Electricity Utility Vehicle,” is based on the Bolt hatchback but longer, providing more rear-seat legroom. It comes in LT or Premier trim, and its standard features include driver-assist technologies and automatic climate control. The Premier trim can be optioned with Super Cruise hands-free highway driving.

The Specs

  • FWD electric motor
  • Power: 200 horsepower/266 torque
  • EV Range: 397 km
  • Fuel economy: 1.9/2.3/2.1 Le/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 462 litres 

Ford Escape Hybrid/PHEV

The Ford Escape Hybrid/PHEV. Photo Ford

In addition to a regular gasoline model, the Escape comes as a hybrid in FWD or AWD and in four trim levels, or as a PHEV in FWD in a single trim. In addition to standard driver-assist technologies, available features include navigation, wireless charging, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Specs

  • Engine: 2.5L EcoBoost four-cylinder with hybrid system
  • Power: 163 horsepower/155 torque
  • Combined horsepower: 192 (Hybrid)/210 (PHEV)
  • PHEV range: 60 km
  • Fuel economy Hybrid: 5.6/6.5/6.0 L/100 km
  • Fuel economy PHEV: 5.6/6.3/5.9 L/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 974 litres 

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5. Photo Hyundai

The Ioniq 5 comes in a single Preferred trim level, but from there you can select standard range, long range, or long-range with AWD. For 2023, all models now include battery heating and preconditioning. Other standard features include a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation and adaptive cruise control.

The Specs

  • Electric motor with 58.0-kWh battery (Standard) or 77.4-kWh (Long Range)
  • Power Standard: 169 hp/258 torque
  • Power Long Range: 225 hp/258 torque
  • Power Long Range AWD: 320 hp/446 lb-ft
  • EV Range: 354 km (Standard)/488 km (Long-Range)/428 km (Long Range AWD)
  • Fuel economy Standard: 1.9/2.5/2.1 Le/100 km
  • Fuel economy Long Range: 1.8/2.4/2.1 Le/100 km
  • Fuel economy Long Range AWD: 2.1/2.6/2.4 Le/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 770 litres 

Kia Niro Hybrid/PHEV/EV

The Kia Niro. Photo Kia

The Niro is redesigned into an all-new model for 2023, available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric. The update includes new styling, more interior space, and standard driver-assist technologies including emergency front braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist.

The Specs

  • Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with hybrid system (Hybrid, PHEV)/150-kW electric motor (EV)
  • Power Hybrid: 139 horsepower/195 torque
  • Power PHEV: 180 horsepower/195 torque
  • Power EV: 201 horsepower/188 torque
  • Range: PHEV: 55 km/EV: 407 km
  • Fuel economy Hybrid: 4.5/5.2/4.8 L/100 km
  • Fuel economy PHEV: 4.6/4.9/4.8 L/100 km
  • Fuel economy EV: 1.9/2.3/2.1 Le/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 645 litres (Hybrid)/549 litres (PHEV & EV)

Mazda MX-30

The Mazda MX-30. Photo Mazda

Mazda’s all-electric MX-30 comes in two trim levels, both in FWD. The automaker carries through on the “green” theme inside, with cork panels and recycled upholstery materials, including plastic bottles. Standard features include driver-assist safety technologies, navigation, heated seats and steering wheel, and a tonneau cover.

The Specs

  • Electric motor with 35.5-kW battery
  • Power: 143 horsepower/200 torque
  • EV Range: 161 km
  • Fuel economy: 2.4/2.8/2.6 Le/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 405 litres (GT trim)/431 litres (GS trim)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Photo Mitsubishi

The Outlander is updated into a new version for 2023, with an additional 22 km of battery-only range, more power, and an improved AWD system. The model can also run longer on its battery in hybrid mode. Unusually for a PHEV, the Outlander can be fast-charged. It comes in five trim levels, all with three-row seating for seven passengers.

The Specs

  • Engine: 2.4-litre four-cylinder with PHEV system
  • Power: 131 horsepower/144 torque
  • PHEV Range: 61 km
  • Fuel economy: 9.2/8.7/9.0 L/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 331 litres

Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya. Photo Nissan

The all-new Aryia is Nissan’s first battery-powered crossover. It comes in six trim levels that offer FWD or AWD along with two battery sizes, allowing for four different horsepower outputs and five different range levels. Features include a flat floor, an available adjustable centre console, and driver-assist technologies including a self-parking feature.

The Specs

  • FWD Power: 214 horsepower/221 torque; 238 horsepower/221 torque
  • AWD Power: 335 horsepower/413 torque; 389 horsepower/442 torque
  • EV Range FWD: 348 km – 490 km (est.)
  • EV Range AWD: 330 km – 428 km (est.)
  • Cargo volume: 646 litres

Subaru Solterra

The Subaru Solterra. Photo Subaru

The Solterra is an all-new model for 2023. It was co-developed with Toyota, which builds a version called the bZ4X in FWD or AWD. The Subaru model comes strictly with AWD and includes dual-function X-Mode with selectable drive modes for mud or deep snow. Its base trim can be optioned with such items as ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate.

The Specs

  • Front and rear motors with 72.8-kWh battery
  • Power: 215 horsepower/249 torque
  • EV Range: 360 km
  • Fuel economy: 2.1/2.5/2.3 Le/100 km
  • Cargo volume: 674 litres

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid. Photo Toyota

Toyota’s Corolla Cross, previously available only in gas-only, adds a hybrid version for 2023. It uses the fifth generation of Toyota’s hybrid system and comes exclusively with an electronic AWD system in two trim levels.  Standard features include heated front seats, driver-assist safety technologies, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. It’s a self-charging hybrid and doesn’t get plugged in.

The Specs

  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder with hybrid system
  • Power: 194 horsepower
  • Fuel economy: 5.2/6.2/5.6 L/100 km

Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4. Photo Volkswagen

The ID.4 offers a new base model for 2023, with a smaller 62-kWh battery and RWD that offers a lower starting price. Two higher trims use an 82-kWh battery, in RWD or with a second front-mounted electric motor for AWD. All trims include heated front seats and windshield, 12-inch touchscreen with navigation and driver-assist safety technologies. 

The Specs

  • FWD Power: 201 horsepower/229 torque
  • AWD Power: 295 horsepower/229 torque
  • EV Range: 336 km (62 kWh battery RWD)/443 km (82 kWh battery RWD)/410 km (AWD)
  • Fuel economy RWD: 2.0/2.4/2.2 Le/100 km
  • Fuel economy AWD: 2.3/2.5/2.4 Le/100 km

 

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