Government of Canada supports safe use of zero-emissions, electric low-speed trucks



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Recent changes made to the definition
of low-speed vehicles (LSVs) by Transport Canada to include low-speed trucks
now allow British Columbia-based low-speed truck manufacturer Canadian
Electric Vehicles Ltd. to market its LSV across Canada, announced Brian Jean,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Low-speed trucks are designed for
use such as grounds keeping, landscaping, and in certain industrial and
institutional settings such as campuses and resorts, where they can be
operated safely.
    "The marketing of zero-emissions, electric low-speed trucks in Canada is
good news. These low-speed trucks are environmentally friendly and represent
one more step in our government's ambitious environmental agenda," said
Mr. Jean. "I encourage people to use these environmentally friendly vehicles
in controlled low-speed environments like campuses and retirement communities,
where the risk of a collision with a faster and heavier motor vehicle is lower
than on public roads."
    The announcement follows the publication on August 6, 2008, in the Canada
Gazette, Part II, of an updated definition of "low-speed vehicles" (LSVs) that
allows electric low-speed trucks that produce no emissions to be classified as
LSVs. As a result, it is now possible to market these vehicles in Canada as
LSVs.
    Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd., based in Errington, British Columbia,
has received authorization to affix the National Safety Mark to its LSV, the
might-E-truck. This mark indicates the company has certified that its LSV
truck meets the three federal regulatory standards for LSVs and can market it
across the country.
    Minister Cannon also took the opportunity today to promote the safe use
of zero-emissions, electric low-speed vehicles.
    "Low-speed vehicles are good for the environment, but their use should
not compromise the safety of Canadians," added Minister Cannon. "The
Government of Canada supports cleaner transportation solutions that continue
to provide the current high level of safety on our roads that Canadians expect
and deserve."
    Through the ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program and the Transportation
Development Centre, Transport Canada encourages vehicle manufacturers to
design and make electric cars and trucks that meet all of the safety standards
that apply to conventional cars and trucks. This way, electric vehicles can
offer the same level of occupant protection as conventional vehicles without
tailpipe emissions or negative impact on local air quality.
    Road use of LSVs, including vehicle licensing, is regulated by provinces
and territories. Transport Canada continues to remind licensing authorities,
as well as manufacturers and consumers, that the safety standards for LSVs do
not match those of other motor vehicle classes. Conventional passenger cars
must meet up to 40 safety standards, whether they are powered by electricity,
gasoline, diesel, propane or natural gas.
    Transport Canada develops safety standards and regulations for new
vehicles and vehicles imported for use in Canada.




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For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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