Cleaner cars for Canada

The Government of Canada is to provide fleet operators with a $3,000 incentive to install advanced natural-gas vehicle (NGV) conversion systems.

The Government of Canada recently announced the extension of the Natural Gas for Vehicles Market Transformation Pilot Project. An additional $1.855 million, provided by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), will help promote the use of natural gas in the commercial-fleet sector across Canada.

Under the extended project, fleet owners may now receive up to $3,000 toward the installation of an advanced natural-gas vehicle (NGV) conversion system. This will allow them to operate standard gasoline vehicles on natural gas using approved technology through certified conversion facilities. This project is being implemented by the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA).

Applicants continue to receive an incentive under the original pilot project toward the capital cost of buying or leasing a new NGV with a warranty from a vehicle manufacturer.

“By promoting the use of natural gas in fleet vehicles that are already on our roads, Canadians will enjoy a cleaner, healthier environment,” said the Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. “Through our ongoing support of programs like this one, the Government of Canada continues to demonstrate its commitment to addressing climate change.”

According to a statement, vehicles that use natural gas produce 21 percent fewer GHG emissions than their conventional gasoline counterparts. With the difference in price between Canadian natural gas and gasoline at an average of 20 cents a litre in 2004, NGVs will help fleet owners save on fuel costs while helping Canada meet its commitment under the Kyoto Protocol.

Additionally, NRCan and the CNGVA will continue to examine ways to boost the availability of NGVs in the market. They will develop and implement a focused awareness program to engage high-consumption fuel users and demonstrate NGVs in commercial use as part of their marketing strategy.

Funding for the pilot project will come from the $9.9-million Natural Gas for Vehicles measure announced in the 2003 federal budget.