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Feds support development of new vehicle standards

by Mark Sabourin
EcoLog, 9/25/2020 9:54:00 AM

The federal government is investing more than $1.7 million with the CSA Group, the standards-setting agency behind CSA standards, to support the research, development, adaptation and update of codes and standards for electric and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. The funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure Program.

The new and updated codes and standards are intended to improve performance and test requirements, as well as address system safety and key barriers to the uptake of zero-emission vehicles in Canada. The requirements for Canadian and U.S. codes and standards will be aligned where possible.

In its September 23, 2020 Speech from the Throne, “A Stronger and More Resilient Canada”, the federal government highlighted the building of zero-emission vehicles and batteries as an example of how Canada will adapt to a carbon-neutral future. Among the speech’s promises was a new fund to attract investment in zero-emissions products (not just vehicles).

In an unrelated announcement, Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers, announced at a September 22, 2020 news conference that it had reached a tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company that includes $1.95 billion of investments, $1.8 billion of which will go to retool the Oakville complex to build five models of electric vehicles. The agreement will be voted upon by members over the September 25 to 27, 2020 weekend.

Various media have reported that both the federal and provincial governments have promised major investments in Ford's Oakville plant if an agreement could be reached to bring electric vehicle manufacturing to it.

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