Right now there are two in the Robert yard and one in Calgary. We have a CNG operation in B.C., but that's what we've got.
I can't believe that people do not see these things. I will transfer the courriel to you and you could share it with the audience today. You're going to see that President Obama didn't say it in a speech, but he went to Chrysler and told them that natural gas was going to fuel the vehicles of the future. In the meantime they have given grants to companies like Clean Energy, Chesapeake, Shell, and these people are building.
In fact, even if we wanted to get a third refuelling station right now, we would have to put our name on the list; it's a year and a half delivery before we can get a refuelling station from Chart, which is the only real manufacturer of refuelling stations in the United States. There's a second one, but it's a very small player.
There's the potential in Canada of developing and manufacturing natural gas tanks. There are two tanks on a truck, and they're worth $35,000 apiece, so you have $70,000 worth of tanks on a vehicle. If tomorrow you believe that there are 125,000 to 150,000 trucks in Canada and multiple that $70,000 by that number of trucks, imagine the amount of investment that could be made in new manufacturing in Canada.
Right now we import all this from the United States, which imports a lot of it from China and other countries. We keep importing, and then we wonder why our trade balance is going down the drain. We need to start producing. As we are one of the top producers in the world, we have a big opportunity with natural gas, so why don't we do something about it?
When I see the speed at which they are doing it right now in the United States.... They have adopted technology other than Westport's right now, and they are going to burn a lot of fuel—not efficiently, because the Westport technology is the best technology in the world right now. They find other technology that works, and that means they are powering the trucks. Whether they do it the right way is something else, except they are EPA-okay.
This is where we stand, and those are my concerns. Canada cannot carry two carriers, Vedder in the Calgary and Moncton areas and Robert in Quebec and Ontario. Let's not joke. Let's be serious. We cannot be two carriers running 75 or 100 trucks in Canada and say we are going to promote LNG and natural gas. If we want to be serious, we need to make the facilities available and just work accordingly.
Keep in mind one thing: people like the ones at Clean Energy. They used to own a company and sold it to Exxon. They were the largest producers of petroleum in Texas. They sold their company and went into natural gas. They got all the grants; now they have the money to put a network across the United States. Tomorrow they are going to control the distribution of natural gas in the United States.