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Canada: Vancouver International Auto Show: Electric cars generate interest among visitors

Reporter Ian Austin gets comfortable in the Mitsubishi iMiEv full electric car on Thursday at the Vancouver International Auto Show at BC Place stadium.
Photograph by: Ward Perrin , The Province
With the B.C. government’s pledge this week to build 120 electric-car charging stations, plug-in electric vehicles suddenly make more sense.

So The Province checked out the green machines at the Clean Energy Vehicle Showcase at the Vancouver International Auto Show.

Three of the ecars are ‘full electric,’ — charge them and they’ll run on electric power until the battery runs out — while three others are ‘plug-in hybrids’ — charge and they’ll run on electric power until the battery runs out, then they switch to gasoline power.

PHOTOS: SEE THE ELECTRIC CARS AT THE AUTO SHOW

Commuters who plan to use their cars simply to work and back can get by on ‘full electrics’ — while those who want to take extended tours are better off in a plug-in hybrid.

Here’s the ecar lineup — set to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming months and years.

We’ll start with the three ‘full electric’ vehicles.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The ungainly name is actually quite a cute little ecar, a subcompact with pretty good interior space for such a small car. For $32,998 you get a quirky little vehicle that stands out from the crowd. “I find the iMiEV cute,” said one observer. “It has nice styling, it looks like new technology, but not super sleek.”

Nissan Leaf

A little bigger, a little roomier, this compact has a growing fan base. “It’s almost like a regular hatchback,” said one potential buyer. “”One of the most popular electric cars — I don’t know why.”

Large enough for full-sized adults, without the pain at the pumps.

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