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Mississauga’s Mayor Takes a Ride on the Green Side

Dec 19, 2011

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion recently acquired a plug-in electric vehicle to carry out her appointments and duties as mayor.

"This is my commitment to make a change that reduces the impact on the environment," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Mississauga's Living Green Master Plan talks about setting an example and encouraging others; that is what I hope to do. There are lots of options for our residents including using transit more, carpooling, and choosing fuel efficient vehicles. I have previously used a hybrid vehicle but have taken a further step to go electric."

Mayor McCallion is driving a Chevrolet Volt, ™ a plug-in electric vehicle. The Volt is propelled only by its electric motor. The battery can be charged by plugging it in to a regular electric outlet. If the electric charge is depleted, a gasoline generator activates to power the battery. Since 2006, the City of Mississauga has been working to reduce emissions and fuel costs in its fleet by replacing older vehicles with more fuel efficient ones.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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