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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. Anahita Jami (academics) or Dr. Abhishek Raj (industry).

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: Dr. Garret Duffy.

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 or Catherine Gosselin (Quebec).

Natural Gas Mobility Innovation Consultation Process: This project highlights a series of consultation sessions with industry stakeholders to outline a set of strategic initiatives and opportunities that could be developed in the near- and long-term to support the advancement of RNG/CNG/LNG applications for low-emissions vehicular systems and fleet deployments as part of a low-carbon economy. For information about this project, please contact: Dr. Anahita Jami.

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. For information about this project, please contact: Dr. Anahita Jami.

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. For information about this project, please contact: Dr. Anahita Jami.

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)

Listed in chronological order of funding

Development of Low-Cost, High Performing and Durable PEM Fuel Cells (Phase I): 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 PEM fuel cell technology and the technical challenges involving cost and durability under variable load operations.

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

Co-funder: NSERC

CUTRIC Project ID: 160028

Date of Funding: TBD [conditional on Board approval]

CUTRIC Funded Amount: $445,000 CAD

Pan-Canadian Electric Vehicle Energy Consumption, State of Charge, & Vehicle Simulation Modelling for Heavy Duty Powertrain Systems and High-Powered Charging: A simulation tool was developed to support e-bus deployment projects by predicting operational benefits, total CO2e savings, and charging requirements. The model is based on the original code developed via collaborations through the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I. The main inputs of the model include physical characteristics of the bus, route topography, ridership, powertrain efficiencies, route scheduling, and driving speeds. The model can calculate e-bus energy consumption, as well as battery state-of-charge, time required to charge, and total electricity consumed.

Partners: CUTRIC-CRITUC (Principal Investigators), Brampton Transit, York Region Transit, Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution, New Flyer Industries, Nova Bus/Volvo Group, ABB Group, Siemens Canada

Co-funders: Mitacs Inc. (via University of Toronto and University of Victoria), ECOCanada

CUTRIC Project ID: 160015b

Date of Funding: TBD [conditional on Board approval]

CUTRIC Funded Amount: $120,000 CAD

Pre-commercialization Development Project of Induction Heated Catalyst (IHC): 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.

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

Co-funders: ASIP, OCE

CUTRIC Project ID: 160009

Date of Funding: September 2017

CUTRIC Funded Amount: $135,769 CAD


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.