LONDON, ON, Dec. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - Electric and alternative fuel vehicles play a key role in Canada's low-carbon future. As Canadians continue to make greener choices, our government is giving them more options to drive cleaner.
Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $3-million investment in Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership for three compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Ontario.
The stations, which have each received $1 million in funding, are located in London, Napanee and Windsor and will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel along Ontario's Highway 401.
The funding is part of our government's $182.5-million total investment to develop a coast-to-coast charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key transportation routes and stations for hydrogen-powered vehicles in metropolitan centres.
Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that the transition to electric vehicles and alternative fuels is not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future.
"These stations provide transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods — cutting costs, reducing pollution and improving productivity. Our government is growing the infrastructure needed to make it easier and more convenient for Canadians to drive electric and alternative fuel vehicles."
Member of Parliament for London North Centre
"The transportation industry represents one of the largest challenges in achieving emission reduction targets for its sector. Today, about 11 million passenger and commercial vehicles regularly travel Ontario roads. These CNG stations are among the first along the Highway 401 corridor and will provide a more affordable and cleaner-burning fuel alternative, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and giving fleet owners an incentive to consider moving away from conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel."
Mike Shannon, Vice President of Storage, Transmission & IMO, Enbridge,
on behalf of Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership
"Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads and communities. This network of CNG stations will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel these routes, ensuring they have sufficient fuel as they cross Canadian and provincial borders as well as travelling into the United States."
Vice President of Sales, Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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