June 10, 2022, TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is proud to announce the publication of the highly anticipated analysis and review of the Canadian zero-emission bus (ZEB) landscape. This report quantifies the readiness of transit agencies and municipalities across the country and explores whether Canada’s ZEB targets will be met.
Titled “The Canadian ZEB Database™: Canada’s zero-emission bus landscape and electrification readiness,” the report reveals that while there has been an increase in battery-electric bus and fuel-cell electric bus promises, orders and deployments, transit agencies will need a significant amount of planning and support to escalate the process to meet Canada’s target of 5,000 ZEBs by 2026. “The Canadian landscape has changed drastically over the past decade. From zero interest in ZEBs in 2012, to thousands promised in 2022, climate action plans, ZEB investments and the advancement of clean technology have supported this transition,” said Josipa Petrunic, President & CEO of CUTRIC.
CUTRIC created the Canadian ZEB Database™ to provide an overview of all ZEBs and charging infrastructure across Canada. With the infrastructure and technological landscape changing rapidly, this report highlights the current status of each ZEB technology and forecasts what the future will look like.
This robust national database includes various Canadian transit agency electrification plans and the quantitative tracking figures that represent the status of vehicle and charger adoption across Canada. The Canadian ZEB Database™ is designed to not only support transit agencies, municipalities, and school boards to track their electrification efforts, but it also helps governments and decision-makers in the transportation industry make comparisons and perform trend analysis. “This database helps us stay accountable as a nation as it provides the reality of ZEB planning, purchases, and deployments in Canada, and how current forecasts do not show us reaching the federal government’s 5,000 ZEB target over five years,” Petrunic said. “It is essential that we understand the landscape of ZEB adoption to remove barriers that transit agencies face, and to plan smarter and faster ZEB fleet transitions.”