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June 11, 2009
Mayor David Miller applauds up-and-coming engineers for ‘switching gears’ at EcoCAR Challenge
Today, Mayor David Miller commended students at the week-long EcoCAR Challenge for supporting the global effort to reduce the environmental impact of traditional automobiles.

“This 20-year-long tradition for advancing green vehicle technology through friendly competition by the U.S. Department of Energy provides an opportunity for our nations’ budding engineers to be the driving force for a greener tomorrow, and help industry and governments switch gears,” said Mayor Miller. “Toronto is a leader in adopting green vehicle technology in Canada and it’s fitting for these university teams from 17 Canadian and American universities to have come to this city to reinvent the wheel.”

The EcoCAR Challenge is a three-year competition, with the first year closing tomorrow at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto when the winner for best-designed vehicle will be announced at 11:45 am. Three Canadian universities are in the running: the University of Waterloo, the University of Victoria and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

For more information about the EcoCAR Challenge, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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