Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is poised to become the first major automaker to build electric vehicles in Canada.
Toyota has confirmed that they will start assembling electric versions of the RAV4 SUV in Woodstock within months. Partnered with Tesla Motors, a California based pioneer in electric automotive design and production currently builds high-end electric roadsters.
The addition of the electric RAV4 should secure the positions of Toyota's 6500 workers in Cambridge and Woodstock.
As regular reader know, I am passionate about Saving Our Planet, and believe that we, collectively can make a difference simply by making more informed and better choices and achievable changes in our daily behaviour. I want to congratulate Toyota on this initiative as the RAV4 will join the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf as electric vehicles. Toyota is already one of the world's largest producers of hybrid cars and this is simply the next step in reducing and/or eliminating our dependance on fossil fuels.
Toyota, recovering from the parts shortage caused by the damages to Japanese plants from the Tsunami that hit earlier this year, will restart its second shift at the Woodstock plant next month.
Increasing production at Tier One automotive manufacturers has a very positive effect on the manufacturing sector as it creates extra revenues and jobs for automotive suppliers in the province.
The increase in jobs trickles down through the economy and helps spur the Real Estate Recovery in communities where these workers live.
When it comes time for me to replace my diesel powered car, I will seriously investigate the hybrid and electric options and select a car that is both practical and less harmful to the environment.
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