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