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CUTRIC-Led Commercialization Projects (TRL 7-8)

Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase I and Phase II): This project is comprised of multiple phases of integrating standardized battery electric and hybrid electric buses with high-powered overhead charging systems across a dozen Canadian transit agencies by 2022. For information about this project, please contact: Dr. Abhishek Raj

Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration & Integration Trial: This project comprises multiple phases of integrating hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (including buses, shuttles and automobiles) across multiple transit agencies and/or municipal fleet jurisdictions, with the intention of demonstrating low well-to-wheel lifecycle emissions from hydrogen production, transmission, delivery and “combustion” in propulsion applications for on-road mobility services. For information about this project, please contact: Parvathy Pillai.

National Smart Vehicle Demonstration & Integration Trial: This project plans to integrate semi-autonomous and (eventually) fully autonomous, connected, and electric vehicle shuttles/pods and buses across up to 12 Canadian municipal jurisdictions as first-mile/last-mile applications. The primary project objectives are the development of: standardized V2V and V2I communication protocols; interoperability standards for electric low-speed autonomous shuttle (e-LSA) manufacturer equipment; and standardized cybersecurity protocols. For information about this project, please contact: Kristina Mlakar.

Consultation Projects

OPTA Carbon Pricing Policies: Benefits and Challenges for the Transit Sector: This collaborative project highlights the impacts of Ontario’s emerging cap-and-trade program and the impacts it will have on the transportation industry, including municipal transit agencies. The output is a greenhouse gas emissions modelling based report card to rank transit agencies in order to justify funds for better environmental performance. 

Funded by: The Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA)

Oxford EVSE Modelling and Mapping Feasibility Study: This project bolsters Oxford County’s desire to become a 100% renewable energy jurisdiction by incorporating an electric vehicle accessibility plan. CUTRIC is partnering with the County to assist in the planning process to achieve the Plan’s goals to map, analyze, and strategically locate electric vehicle supply equipment.

Funded by: Oxford County

Completed Projects

Automotive and Transportation Innovation Across Canada & Regional Transportation Needs and Capacities as Targeted RD&D Projects: This report provides an introduction to transportation innovation with a methodological overview. CUTRIC maps out industry trends across stakeholders in the advanced transportation innovation network to identify potential project RD&D needs across Canada. This document is the basis for the development of CUTRIC-led consultation workshops to identify next-generation low-carbon mobility projects.

Link to report, Submitted to: Industry Canada

Light-Weight, Electrified, Automated, and Cybersecure Transportation Innovation in Ontario: This report captures the outputs of CUTRIC's series of highly-structured consultation sessions related to the themes of light-duty (automotive) and heavy-duty (rail and bus) manufacturing innovation and fleet integration.

Link to report, Submitted to: Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development & Growth

CUTRIC Funded R&D Projects (TRL 2-6)

The following projects are outcomes of CUTRIC’s Research and Development Funding Program that can be found here. We are proud to have co-funded and supported the development of the projects below with our partners. Projects are listed by Project ID number.

  1. Pre-commercialization Development Project of Induction Heated Catalyst (IHC), Project ID: 160009 [Project Complete]

    Electrically heated catalysts constitute a universally applicable tool for temperature management in the exhaust after treatment system. Not only does it significantly increase the effectiveness of exhaust after treatment (reduction in HC, CO, and NOx, exhaust emissions), but it also offers potential for CO2 reduction at the same time, therefore saving fuel, in comparison with conventional measures such as engine-based catalyst heating. The electrically heated catalyst offers high flexibility as it inputs the energy where it is needed locally. The electrical supply can also work independently of the operating point of the engine. GHG impact varies depending upon OEM powertrain application strategies.

Project Partners: ATES Inc. (Principal Investigators), ABB, Systematix Inc., Sheridan College, CANMET Materials Lab

Pillar of Innovation: Zero- and Low-emissions Propulsion Technologies and Systems Integration

Co-funders: Automotive Supplier Innovation Fund (ASIP), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $135,769 CAD

Date Project Completed: December 2017

Project Outcomes [Webinar]:

We are pleased to have our project partners share the full description and outcomes of this project.

2. High-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging with Energy Storage Integration: Optimization Analysis & Techno-Economic Predictive Analysis, Project ID: 160015c/160017b

In order to assist public fleets - including transit agencies and utility/local distribution companies - to overcome the barriers of uncertainty and high risk associated with new electrified propulsion technologies integration, CUTRIC developed a consortium of industry partners to lead research into various aspects of electrified propulsion systems, vehicle-to-grid integration, and cybersecurity allied to e-buses. 

This Project will 

  1. Develop innovative new physics-based predictive modelling of e-buses, e-chargers, and energy storage devices (batteries, flywheels, etc.) using proprietary information from manufacturers; 

  2. Develop an effective program management framework to cater to the requirements of a multi-stakeholder consortium comprising multiple competing OEM, transit agencies, utilities and research institutions in common IP development. 

  3. Develop a risk register along with the mitigation strategies; 

  4. Procure necessary hardware and software licenses for data collection, transmission, warehousing and subsequent analytics. 

Project Partners: Nova Bus, New Flyer, ABB, Siemens, Brampton Transit, York Region Transit, TransLink, Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution, University of Windsor, Queen’s University, University of Ontario-Institute of Technology (UOIT), Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) 

Pillar of Innovation: Zero- and Low-emissions Propulsion Technologies and Systems Integration, Big Data

Co-funders: Natural Resources Canada EVID Program, Infrastructure Canada, Mitacs, York Region, City of Brampton 

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $2,000,000 CAD

Project Timeline: October 2017 - December 2021 

3. Automated and Connected Electric Vehicle Integration: Optimization Analysis &Techno- Economic Predictive Analysis, using a Modelling Tool, Project ID: 160018b

The Automated and Connected Electric Vehicle Integration: Optimization Analysis & Techno- Economic Predictive Analysis project will help municipalities across Ontario predictively assess and understand the feasibility of deploying and operating low-speed electrified autonomous shuttles (e- LSAs) within local municipal systems and specifically with regards to first-mile/last-mile solution building. This will improve mobility options for Ontarians and Canadians more broadly, and it will increase the breadth of shared mobility and transit services while driving forward job growth in the electrified, autonomous and connected vehicle ecosystems. The objective of the project is to predictively assess optimization and techno-economic parameters of e-LSA operation along selected routes within municipal jurisdictions in Ontario, utilizing the modelling tool. The outcomes of the modelling will highlight the benefits of a longterm implementation and monitoring of a series of national on-road demonstration trials using e- LSAs across a proposed set of municipal jurisdictions.

Project Partners: 2GetThere, Bombardier, PWTransit, ELIX Wireless, New Flyer, FPInnovation (PitGroup), University Of Windsor, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Carleton University, Univeristy of Calgary, University of Waterloo, Univeristé du Québec à Trois-Rivières 

Pillar of Innovation: “Smart Vehicles and “Smart” Infrastructure, Big Data

Co-funders: Mitacs, BioTalent, ECO Canada, ACATS 

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $320,000 CAD

Project Timeline: October 2017 - December 2020 

4. Development of Low-Cost, High Performing and Durable PEM Fuel Cells (Phase I), Project ID: 160028

 Urban transit emissions have the highest impact environmentally and socially, especially on the health hazard of the urban population. This study focuses on zero-emission fuel cell technology that can be used in: fuel-cell power/propulsion systems; battery electric power/propulsion systems with fuel cell as ranger extenders; and electric power/propulsion systems with battery-fuel cell electric hybrids. The research focuses on proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology and the technical challenges involving cost and durability under variable load operations. 

Project Partners: University of Waterloo (Principal Investigators), Ballard Power Systems Inc., StarPower ON Systems Inc., Western University 

Pillar of Innovation: Zero- and Low-emissions Propulsion Technologies and Systems Integration

Co-funders: NSERC CRD, Industry Partners  

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $445,000  CAD

Project Timeline: September 2018 - March 2022 

5. Social-Semantic Analysis of Social Media Interactions to Assess Customer Satisfaction in Transit Agencies, Project ID: 160033

The aim of this proposed study is to advance the discipline of social media analytics and its application to public fleet decision makers. The project starts by integrating incoming social media feeds vis-a-vis public fleets and merges all incoming data into one cloud-platform. This platform will enable - in the future - an Artificially Intelligent response mechanism for fleet action, including dispatching additional vehicles or communicating with consumers regarding their challenges on the street in hailing, riding or commuting by public vehicles in a public mobility system. The immediate outcome of this social media analytics tool is a better capture of customer views and opinion dynamics, customer satisfaction and operational support. This can help public or private fleet operators at two main levels:

  1. enhancing agency ability to model and assess customer satisfaction levels much faster; and

  2. supporting the development of more effective two-way communications between agency and riders.

Project Partners: University of Toronto, York University, SP North American Co. (ON), City of Calgary, University of Calgary  

Pillar of Innovation: Big Data

Co-funders: NSERC CRD, Industry Partners  

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $61,000  CAD

Project Timeline: January 2019 - September 2020  

7. Design and Real-Life Verification of Light-Weight Solar Anti-Idling System in Urban Transit Vehicles and Service Fleets for Reduction of GHG Emissions, Project ID:180084 

This project focuses on the optimization of the system design. The main purpose is to accomplish commercialization of an “anti-idling” solution for public transit buses. Therefore, the project entails aspects of design, cost considerations, and safety concerns. A universal anti-idling solution is not possible because the pattern of idling varies with the type of vehicles as well as operating and environmental conditions. Therefore, the applicant is developing two core technologies to achieve a light-weight anti-idling system with an adaptable and modular architecture: 

  1. Optimizing specifications and sizing of modular components - particularly the photovoltaic and battery pack. This achieves the maximum efficiency for delivering the proper energy and power ratings. 

  2. Deploying energy management mechanisms to feed excessive energy to other loads in the optimal configuration (energy, power ratings, DC or AC). 

Project Partners: Microgreen Solar Corporation, eCAMION Inc., University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Centennial College   

Pillar of Innovation: Zero- and Low-emissions Propulsion Technologies and Systems Integration

Co-funders: SDTC, Industry Partners  

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $852,750 CAD

Project Timeline: October 2018 - March 2020

8. Shared Electric Work Fleets for Universities and Colleges with a System of Resource and Location Optimization using Machine Learning, Project ID: 180085

The project’s objective is to demonstrate the world’s first shared, electric work fleets with on-demand rides, tools, supplies and assets. Pilot projects will happen at several universities and colleges in Ontario. The study aims to test shared work fleets with University and College partners that have field staff (i.e., plumbers, electricians) through several pilot projects. Post-secondary school staff who participate in the pilots will switch from driving their own work vehicles with their own equipment (i.e., ladders and shop vacuums) to an “Uber-like” model where pickups and drop-off’s can be requested from smartphones. In addition to pickups and drop-offs of the technician herself/himself though, assets (ladders, shop vacuums) and supplies (nails, nuts and bolts, etc.) can also be picked up or dropped off, and accessed via “smart” Bluetooth-enabled lockers in the vehicles that open by technicians pressing a button on their smartphone.

 Project Partners: HiHo Mobility, ElectricTractor Inc., Ryerson University, University of Calgary 

Pillar of Innovation: Zero- and Low-emissions Propulsion Technologies and Systems Integration

Co-funders: SDTC, Industry Partners  

CUTRIC Funding Awarded: $884,000 CAD

Project Timeline: December 2018 - December 2021 


CUTRIC hosts and supports a variety of projects beyond those mentioned above. For direct inquiries into the work our organization does please send us an email.