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Trudeau govt meets with Toyota about plans for clean energy tech, zero emission cars

Toyota hydrogen

Toyota hydrogen car called the Miria Toyota photo.

 Canada produces a vehicle every 14 seconds, 2.4 million vehicles every year

Canada’s Innovation Minister met with Toyota Chairman to discuss the automaker’s plans to expand its clean technology markets in Canada, according to a Government of Canada press release.

Canada is an ideal market for the development and early adoption of emerging technologies, such as zero-emission vehicles, which have the potential to create new jobs for Canadians and promote a healthy environment.

Budget 2017 allocated $50 million over five years to explore collaborations with industry on new and emerging transportation technologies, $120 million to build charging stations for electric vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations across the country, and $1.4 billion for early-stage investments in clean technologies.


Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, had a private meeting with Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation on the subject.

“Toyota has been invested in the Canadian community for over 50 years, and we look forward to building stronger relations with the Government of Canada to help build the infrastructure required for Canadians to adopt new automotive technology, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai,” Takeshi Uchiyamada, chairman, Toyota Motor Company.

Ontario, which produces more than one in four vehicles in North America, is part of the largest automotive manufacturing cluster on the continent.

Minister Bains and Uchiyamada discussed Toyota’s investment in manufacturing operations in Canada. They also discussed potential ways to reduce greenhouse gases through the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but Toyota will continue supporting the government’s efforts through a collaborative relationship in bringing more greenhouse gas–friendly technology to Canada,” said Uchiyamada.

Canada produces a vehicle every 14 seconds, resulting in 2.4 million vehicles produced every year. That level of economic activity contributes $18.2 billion annually to Canada’s GDP.


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