Government Reps Talk Advanced Vehicles with UWAFT

University of Waterloo’s Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) unveiled its student-built EcoCAR to over 150 attendees at its annual EcoCAR Educational Luncheon in April. Team members highlighted how the hydrogen fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has zero tailpipe emissions and can perform on the level of the original stock vehicle donated by General Motors.

During the event, the team also hosted a panel discussion with elected representatives from all three levels of government in Canada:

Peter Braid, a member of Parliament
Elizabeth Witmer, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament
Brenda Halloran, the Mayor of Waterloo

    Following a 30 minute presentation by UWAFT’s Outreach Coordinator, Eric Mallia, the three guest panelists shared their take on the role of government in developing advanced vehicle technologies in Waterloo and throughout Canada. Topics discussed included investments in research and development, government incentive programs and strategies to help ‘green’ industry fleet vehicles.

    Local media outlets were also on hand to cover the event. Click here to read the Kitchener-Waterloo Record’s article!