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October 1, 2001
City's Fleet Services invests in Toronto's air quality
  
The City of Toronto will display its newest green fleet purchases and
demonstrate its commitment to the environment on Tuesday, October 2 from 10:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.

Fleet Services has recently purchased a Honda Insight gas/electric hybrid
vehicle for a one-year pilot project to monitor efficiencies, fuel cost savings
and maintenance charges. The City has also purchased two Toyota Prius
gas/electric hybrid vehicles and 94 factory-built natural gas vehicles (NGVs)
as part of its vehicle replacement program.

The graphic design "Greening Our Fleet" was developed as part of Fleet
Services' strategy to raise public awareness of the latest technology.

"By using this new innovative technology, not only are we reducing emissions
and conserving fuels, we are sending a clear message of the City's commitment
to greening our fleet and improving air quality," says Lorenzo Berardinetti,
Chair of the Administration Committee.

Compared with gasoline-fueled vehicles, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and hybrids
produce less carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide,
nitrogen oxide and evaporative emissions.

"Making the switch to clean-air alternative vehicles will reduce greenhouse
gases and support the City's goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20
per cent by 2005," says Joan Anderton, Commissioner of Corporate Services.

One of the five themes outlined in the Fleet Services' Future Plan combines
sound financial management with vehicle initiatives that improve air quality by
"Greening Our Fleet." The purchase of alternative fuel vehicles is in line with
the federal government's agreement with the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturing
Association to promote the sale of low emission vehicles.

The City's Better Transportation Partnership (BTP) program provided funding for
the purchase of the Honda Insight and NGVs while the Toronto Atmospheric Fund
provided funding for the Toyota Prius vehicles. Toyota Canada Inc. and Honda
Canada Inc. also made contributions.

The BTP program is a co-operative effort among major automotive manufacturers,
Enbridge Consumer Gas, Toronto Hydro, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and
the City of Toronto. The program is helping the City reduce smog emissions by
seeking out new and emerging transportation technologies.


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