Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Give a Thumbs-up to British Columbia's Clean Transportation Initiative

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (CVMA) welcomes  today's $17M Clean Transportation initiative announced by B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake and  Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman. This initiative will assist consumers with the purchase and operation of new, advanced technology vehicles.  It will provide better access to refueling and recharging infrastructure and assist with removing older, higher-polluting vehicles from the roads, all of which will deliver real environmental benefits to British Columbians.

"We commend the B.C. government for taking positive steps which will contribute to greener energy technology development in the province and for its foresight in taking a more holistic approach that includes both vehicles and the supporting refueling and recharging infrastructure", said Mark Nantais, President of the CVMA.   "Assisting consumers with their purchase of an advanced technology vehicle, whether it be a plug-in hybrid, an electric vehicle with extended range, or a natural gas vehicle, is just the first step. Providing the necessary support for the refueling and recharging infrastructure is critical to the success of these vehicles in the market place."

There is a triple win in turning over the on-road vehicle fleet by making it easier for a consumer to give up their older higher polluting vehicle and replace it with a new vehicle that is cleaner, more fuel efficient and equipped with the most advanced safety systems.   Today's announcement, which adds $2.5 million to the successful B.C. Scrap-it program, will accelerate the fleet turnover objective, and provide a triple win benefit for consumers.

About the CVMA

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association is the industry association that has represented Canada's leading manufacturers of light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 80 years. Its membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited; and Navistar Canada, Inc. Collectively its members account for 65% of vehicles produced in Canada, directly employ roughly 35,000 Canadians, have over 50,000 retirees, operate 7 vehicle assembly plants, 5 major components plants, and have over 1,000 dealerships. 125,000 jobs are directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA)

For further information:

Mark Nantais, President
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association
416.364.9333


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