Canada to develop a Zero-Emissions Vehicle plan by 2018

The Zero-Emissions Vehicles that will be developed include battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles among others.

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Canada’s federal government announced a national strategy to produce more Zero-Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) on their roads by 2018.

According to Canadian Underwriter, the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, and the Minister of Innovation, Navdeep Bains, said in a statement from Transport Canada that they are already teaming up with provincial partners and as well as industry stakeholders to push through with the project.

“We understand Canadians’ concerns about the environment and are developing an aggressive strategy to tackle climate change by taking actions to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. By putting more zero emission vehicles on the road, we are investing in the future of cleaner transportation for all Canadians,” said Garneau.

The planned ZEVs include electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, and plug-in hybrids vehicles. These cars are aimed to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions because according to the statement, transportation accounts for approximately 24% of Canada’s emissions.

Bains added: “We have an opportunity to have a major impact on the development of clean energy and clean transportation. Canada is home to countless innovative firms and talent that are already shaping the automotive technologies of the future. This strategy provides an important opportunity to create highly skilled middle class jobs, reduce carbon emissions and create healthier communities.”

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