February 15, 2007

Federal government announces funding for eco-friendly vehicles

Toronto, Ontario – The federal government has announced two new programs to help Canadians choose more eco-friendly vehicles. As part of its ecoTransport Strategy, the federal government will commit up to $36 million in funding for new programs aimed at raising awareness, increasing availability of more environmentally friendly cars and trucks, and encouraging Canadians to make informed choices when purchasing a vehicle.

With up to $15 million in funding, the ecoTechnology for Vehicles Program will involve purchasing and testing a range of advanced technologies – including hydrogen, advanced electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles – and showcasing them at public events across Canada.

“Road vehicles are a major contributor to domestic air pollution and the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “The goal of the ecoTechnology for Vehicles Program is to test the effectiveness and safety of advanced environmental technologies for vehicles, share our results with Canadians and help them make informed decisions about the cars they buy.”

Minister Cannon, on behalf of Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, also announced $21 million for ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles. This program will provide fuel consumption information and decision-making tools such as vehicle labels, guides and interactive websites, to encourage consumers to purchase fuel-efficient vehicles that are currently available in the market.

Together, these programs will help the auto industry to achieve the 5.3-megatonne reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions from light duty vehicles in Canada. The industry has agreed to pursue this target between now and 2010, following which new fuel consumption regulations will come into effect for the 2011 model year.

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