Feds to test heavy-duty truck technologies

OTTAWA, Ont. — The feds have announced the continuation of a program that will assess the performance of clean vehicle technologies on light- and heavy-duty vehicles.
The next phase of ecoTechnology was announced today by federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel.
“Our government is pleased to launch the next phase of the ecoTechnology for Vehicles Program,” said Lebel. “This program will assess the safety and environmental performance of new vehicle technologies to ensure that innovations can be introduced in Canada in a safe and timely manner.”
The ecoTechnology for Vehicles Program will run five years and cost the feds $38 million. They’ll proactively test vehicle technologies with test results helping to align vehicle regulations in North America and to reduce barriers to cross-border trade, Lebel announced.
The first phase of the program focused on fuel-saving technologies for passenger vehicles. The new program will expand to include heavy-duty trucks and a broader range of technologies, the feds announced.