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Government of Canada to test clean vehicle technologies

May 28, 2012

OTTAWA, May 28, 2012 /CNW/ – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the
Government of Canada is continuing its commitment to advance clean
vehicle technologies and work with the automotive industry to make
safe, clean and innovative transportation options available to

“Our government is pleased to launch the next phase of the ecoTECHNOLOGY
for Vehicles Program,” said Minister Lebel. “This program will assess
the safety and environmental performance of new vehicle technologies to
ensure that innovations can be introduced in Canada in a safe and
timely manner.”

Over the next several years, the automotive industry will introduce a
range of innovations to improve vehicle safety and to meet increasingly
stringent environmental regulations.

The ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program is a five-year, $38-million
program that will proactively test advanced vehicle technologies to
develop safety and environmental regulations, as well as industry codes
and standards.  Test results will help align vehicle regulations in
North America to reduce and prevent barriers to cross-border trade,
lowering costs for business and consumers, and supporting jobs and
economic growth.

The program builds upon a successful predecessor program with the same
name, which focused on testing environmental technologies for passenger
cars. The new ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program will expand testing
activities to include heavy-duty trucks and a broader range of

Funding for the program was provided in Budget 2011 as part of a suite
of Clean Transportation Initiatives under the renewal of the Government
of Canada’s Clean Air Agenda.

The Clean Transportation Initiatives focus on aligning Canadian
regulations with those in the United States and with international
standards, improving the efficiency of the transportation system and
advancing clean technologies.

These initiatives will help Canada achieve its economy-wide target of
reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels
by 2020.

For more information about the ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program and
test results from the predecessor program, please visit
Transport Canada’s website at www.tc.gc.ca/eTV.

SOURCE Transport Canada

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