In 12 states and three Canadian provinces very generous incentives now make the purchase price of an electric car more or less the same as buying a new gas powered car. This means you can help the environment and save a couple thousand dollars each year on fuel, without paying an up front premium.
In Ontario get up to $14,000 off the car purchase, up to $1000 for a fast Level 2 charger at home, and up to $7500 for employee chargers at your place of business. Elsewhere the incentives are lower but still generous. The car purchase incentive in Quebec is up to $8000, and in BC up to $6000. In the USA a federal tax credit up to $7500 on the car purchase, plus a few thousand or hundreds more from state governments in a dozens states. More information at www.chargecar.ca.