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The provincial government will roll out a number of projects on electric vehicles over the next year, Manitoba’s Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak said today.
Some of the projects fall under a one-year memorandum of understanding the province signed in December with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop a prototype electric bus with New Flyer Industries. Mitsubishi is testing a bus in Japan.
Chomiak, speaking Saturday at this weekend’s annual NDP convention, said the deal encourages the development of new technologies for the full "electrification" of vehicles, and explores opportunities for cold-weather testing of products MHI has developed.
"Mitsubishi sought us out because they knew we were both environmentally friendly and energy endowed," Chomiak said.
He added its hoped the province can develop technology in energy-efficient vehicles rather than become a Detroit of the north to make electric cars and buses.
"We think with our capacity here with composites, our innovation and with our electricity we can be a significant player in the future of both power grid and the functioning of electric vehicles, in the short term not necessarily for domestic use, but certainly for national use and international use," he said.
He also said the long-term goal is to help in the development of a full-scale electric vehicle.
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