Ontario Plugs Into Clean Cars, Creates Over 700 Jobs
McGuinty Government Helps Develop Next Generation Of Electric Vehicle Technologies
Ontario is helping Magna International and Magna E-Car Systems develop the next generation of clean vehicle technologies creating 728 jobs and protecting another 1,337 jobs at Magna's Aurora, Brampton, Concord and St. Thomas plants.
With the government's support, the company is launching a number of new projects, including:
- electric car concept development;
- parts for hybrid electric/battery electric vehicles;
- advanced lightweight metallic components;
- an alternate energy project; and,
- advanced bio-based composite materials to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency.
- Magna International, based in Aurora, Ontario, is the largest automotive supplier in North America and a top five global supplier.
- Magna is Ontario's leader in automotive R&D and employs 17,900 Ontarians in 44 plants across the province.
- Ontario's vision is to have one out of 20 cars in Ontario electrically powered by 2020. The province has kick-started the widespread availability of electric car charging stations - making it more convenient for families to choose electric cars.
- Ontarians can receive between $5,000 to $8,500 for purchasing an electric vehicle and can also get "green license plates," which allow drivers to use the province's network of HOV lanes.
“Ontario has always been the province that leads by determining where we need to be and working to make that happen. Our government's investment in Magna International and Magna E-Car is one way we are making the future happen now.”
“The McGuinty government is proud to partner with Magna International, creating hundreds of jobs for our community. Magna is a global leader with a strong vision of producing the next generation of clean cars.”
Dr. Kuldip Kular
“We are very excited to receive support from Ontario that helps us pursue a mutually shared goal of leveraging Canada's automotive design, engineering and manufacturing toward building a clean economy. Our plan aligns with Ontario's Auto Strategy by supporting increased R&D and innovation, developing more fuel efficient vehicles and technologies, and creating a pool of skilled automotive professionals.”