PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WELCOMES NEW FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY
– – – New Flyer Industries Receives $3.4 Million for Clean Energy Development
The Manitoba government today offered its congratulations to New Flyer Industries and its consortium partners on being awarded $3.4 million in new funding to further develop battery-electric bus propulsion technology.
The new federal funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada builds on the $1-million investment made by the provincial government last year to develop an all‑electric transit bus and charging system, said Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak, who extended his congratulations to all involved in the project for this latest development.
The all-electric bus development and demonstration project is a partnership between New Flyer, the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Red River College.
“This is exciting. Together we are developing an entirely electric bus system to get families around, not only in Winnipeg, but in cities all over North America,” said Chomiak. “The development of renewable and sustainable technologies is a priority for our government and the support being offered ensures we keep can keep moving forward.”
In addition to the $1-million investment in 2011, the Manitoba government has invested $100,000 for the creation of an electric-vehicle learning and demonstration centre at Red River College under Manitoba’s Electric Vehicle Road Map.
“We’re creating opportunities for young people right here in Manitoba. New jobs and more education means our next generation can become leaders in developing and building clean electric vehicles and helping cut greenhouse-gas emissions,” the minister said. “We look forward to working with the federal government and our partners in the private sector to ensure Manitoba continues to be a leader in clean energy technology for years to come.”