Canadian Government Invests In EV Development

Electric vehicle projects are getting a cash boost from the Canadian government.

Canada’s Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, the Honourable Bal Gosal, announced Friday, May 3, that the Government of Canada will invest over $21 million for 13 innovative clean energy projects in the Greater Toronto Area.

These projects are included among 55 new clean energy projects just announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, representing an investment of more than $82 million through the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative.

The program was created to invest in new clean energy technologies that will create jobs, generate economic opportunities and help protect the environment.

“Through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, our Government is investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “This program demonstrates our tangible support for energy projects that drive energy innovation.”

Today’s announcement includes the following EV-related investments:

  • $560,000 to the University of Toronto for a smart grid project;
  • $5,317,600 to Opus One Solutions in Toronto for a smart grid project;
  • $1,500,000 to Prolucid Technologies in Mississauga for a smart grid project;
  • $1,985,988 to Hatch in Mississauga for a smart grid project;
  • $1,836,800 to the Canadian Standards Association in Toronto to develop electric vehicle safety standards;
  • $1,864,069 to Dana Canada to improve the thermal characteristics of lithium battery systems;
  • $1,192,765 to Dana Canada to development thick-film electric heaters for the thermal modulation of battery systems;
  • $1,870,000 to the University of Waterloo to develop materials for high-energy density battery systems for electric vehicles;
  • $1,025,125 to The Pollution Probe Foundation for the development of an electric vehicle integration analysis tool.

“This investment is good news for the Greater Toronto Area as we strive to position ourselves as a clean energy leader,” said Minister Gosal. “New innovative clean energy projects, like those announced today, stimulate our local economy while helping protect the environment.”

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative has received $268 million in funding over five years to fund research, development and demonstration projects that produce and use energy in a more clean and efficient manner.