Honda confirms plans to transform Ontario plant to hybrid automobiles

The federal and provincial governments will make investments greater than $130 million to assist produce hybrid-electric automobiles on the Ontario Honda plant.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford introduced the information on Wednesday.

Canada’s Honda Mfg plant in Alliston, Ont. was shaped in 1986 and is the second largest automobile producer within the nation. It produces the Honda Civic and CR-V with a capability to cater for over 400,000 automobiles and 190,000 engines per yr.

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The plant at the moment produces fuel automobiles and engines and Simco is the biggest employer within the area. It hosts about 4,200 manufacturing jobs.

“Our authorities plans to construct the way forward for auto manufacturing proper right here in Ontario,” Ford stated. “We’re very happy that Honda has made this funding in Ontario and know that the automobiles of the long run shall be inbuilt Allyston and all through Ontario within the coming a long time.”

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Honda Canada will spend roughly $1.4 billion to improve and transform the plant, together with a $131.6 million grant from the provincial authorities. The federal authorities has agreed to equal Ontario’s contribution for a complete authorities funding of greater than $263 million.

The 2023 CR-V and CR-V hybrids shall be constructed on the retooled Alliston plant.

Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau on the Honda plant in Ontario.

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Honda Canada President and CEO Jean-Marc Leclerc stated the announcement was “an essential milestone” within the firm’s bid to transition to electrical automobiles.

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Globally, the auto big plans to promote solely zero-emissions automobiles in North America by 2040. It can repeatedly increase its vegetation over the subsequent 20 years.

Honda Canada’s funding within the manufacturing of hybrid automobiles comes as affirmation of a rise in fuel costs in Ontario. In line with the Vehicle Affiliation of Canada, the common value in Ontario is $1.73 per liter. It was priced at $1.24 on the identical time final yr.

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“By serving to Canadians construct after which drive clear automobiles, we’re fulfilling our plan to create a greater future for all,” Trudeau stated.

In line with Statistics Canada, greater than 65,000 new battery-only and plug-in hybrid electrical automobiles have been registered in Canada throughout the first 9 months of 2021, up from 54,353 in 2020 and 56,165 in 2019.

The figures symbolize 5 % of recent automobiles registered, in comparison with three % in each 2020 and 2019.

— With recordsdata from the Canadian Press

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