About eTV



What is the eTV Program?

The ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles (eTV) program is one of the six initiatives under the Government of Canada's ecoTRANSPORT Strategy. The eTV program is all about helping Canadians make greener choices by:

  • researching, testing and evaluating the environmental performance of a range of emerging clean vehicle technologies;
  • building partnerships with the automotive industry and consumers to address barriers to the introduction of these vehicle technologies in Canada; and
  • providing Canadians with hands-on exposure to advanced vehicle technologies at outreach events and with information on the eTV website.

How does eTV choose the vehicles and technologies for evaluation?

Advances in automotive vehicle technologies are occurring at an increasingly fast pace. Manufacturers are introducing new technologies with greater frequency to address growing concerns over fuel prices and to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment. The challenge for the eTV program is to focus on commercially viable products that serve a demonstrated market need in Canada.

The eTV team has developed a checklist to help guide their decision-making, which includes the following questions:

  • Does the technology help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Does the technology help reduce fuel consumption?
  • Will the technology be commercially viable and accessible to Canadians in terms of price and performance?
  • Does the technology face any barriers to entry in Canada, for example lack of public awareness? Will the public be interested in knowing more about this technology?
  • Will the technology be available to Canadians in the short to medium term?
  • Can eTV conduct relevant, independent tests?

Are there any conferences or shows where I can see these vehicles and displays?

Representatives of the eTV program showcase advanced vehicles and technologies at events across the country. These outreach events provide Canadians with hands-on exposure and information about new and emerging advanced technologies. Find out if there is an upcoming outreach event in your area by consulting the Outreach Event Calendar.

We are planning an event – whom can I contact to ask if the eTV program can participate?

The eTV program welcomes the opportunity to be part of community events, conferences and fairs, schedule permitting. We would ask that you contact us at least two months in advance of your event to determine if the program can participate. To contact eTV, send an e-mail to etv@tc.gc.ca.

I've developed a new product – technology, fuel, etc. – can I work with eTV to bring it to market?

The mandate of the eTV program is to test and evaluate promising technologies in order to facilitate their introduction in Canada. As such, eTV is always on the lookout for new, commercially viable technologies that will improve fuel consumption and/or reduce harmful emissions. However, eTV does not provide funding or certification to organizations or companies looking to develop new prototypes, fuel additives or other technologies for the Canadian market.

Does eTV provide incentives and possible grants to help develop a prototype?

The eTV program's mandate is to seek out the most advanced technologies in order to evaluate their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption and other pollutants in light-duty vehicles. The aim of the program is to get the cleanest transportation technologies on Canadian roads as soon as possible.

To achieve this mandate, eTV focuses its efforts on evaluating technologies that are close to or at the commercialization stage. The program does not provide direct funding for the development of experimental or prototype technologies. However, once a working prototype has been developed, the eTV program may be able to work with the company to test and evaluate the performance of the prototyped technology on Canadian roads.

Are there any Federal Government programs that assist with implementing green technologies or help technology start-up companies?

The Government of Canada has funding programs that assist small to medium enterprises. The National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), for example, provides a range of both technical and business oriented advisory services, along with potential financial support to growth-oriented Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. IRAP supports research and development activities and helps businesses to become commercialization-ready with their new products and services. You can visit the IRAP website to obtain additional information.

What kinds of technologies will eTV be looking into over the next year or two?

Based on research into existing and emerging technologies, eTV will be focusing on several emerging technologies, including the following:

  • clean diesel technologies
  • advanced gasoline technologies
  • hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles
  • hybrid electric vehicles
  • plug-in electric and fully electric vehicles

Can I buy a car from the eTV fleet to operate in Canada?

eTV's fleet includes a number of vehicles from around the globe that are equipped with advanced technologies. These vehicles are acquired and imported into Canada under special permission, for research and evaluation purposes. Many of these vehicles were built according to standards in their country of origin, which are often different from Canadian safety standards. If these vehicles do not conform to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS), they must be exported once testing is completed.

However, it is sometimes possible to purchase some of Transport Canada's test vehicles and other government vehicles that do comply with the CMVSS at public auctions. For further information, visit the Public Works and Government Services website.

How does eTV evaluate vehicle technologies?

eTV looks to the future to determine how advanced technologies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pollutants and fuel consumption. In this way, eTV helps to promote a clean transportation system for Canadians.

Under the eTV program, in-depth testing and evaluation are conducted on a variety of vehicles and on new and emerging technologies. eTV vehicles are checked to verify whether they comply with the requirements of the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and differences are documented.

Most eTV vehicles undergo an on-road evaluation. They are driven on public roads in all seasons and under different driving conditions. As a result of these real-life assessments, it can be determined how well a particular vehicle fits in with other vehicles and traffic on Canadian roads.

But that is just part of it – at the Transport Canada Motor Vehicle Test Centre, in Blainville, Québec, eTV vehicles are put through their paces in controlled conditions in the vehicle dynamics area, in the brake test area, on the brake hill, on a 7.2 kilometre high-speed oval and on other road types. Using the most modern and sophisticated instruments, the vehicles are tested for acceleration, braking and performance at top speeds; for handling on the skid pad, slalom course, turning circle and in an emergency lane change manoeuvre; and for aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and interior noise.

A series of formal laboratory tests then helps to complete the picture. Environment Canada's Emissions Research and Measurement Environmental Technology Centre uses a chassis dynamometer to measure emissions and fuel consumption. As well, a number of the vehicle's aspects are evaluated at the Transport Canada's Motor Vehicle Test Centre, including occupant protection in front, rear and side crash tests; roof and side-door strength; seatbelt anchorage; defroster performance; anti-lock brake performance on ice; service and parking brake performance; and bumpers.

The eTV program takes the safety of Canadians seriously. All tests are performed in accordance with published Transport Canada and Environment Canada test methods for safety and fuel consumption requirements.

Where can I find the results?

The eTV program conducts in-depth testing and evaluation of the environmental performance of a range of emerging technologies for use in vehicles in Canada. The results of these tests are shared with Canadians through this website and at various outreach activities across the country. Check the Vehicles section of this website periodically for testing and evaluation results.