Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium
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Marquee Projects

Pan-Canadian Battery Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

The short: The world’s first project to integrate battery electric buses (BEBs) and standardized charging systems from different manufacturers is accelerating and drastically reducing the cost of transit electrification.


The long: When the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) launched the Pan-Canadian BEB Demonstration and Integration Trial in 2016, a lack of standardization and interoperability in charging systems was impeding Canada’s BEB rollout and preventing municipalities from sourcing vehicles and infrastructure from a competitive marketplace.

Fast-forward five years, and the federal government has committed to having 5,000 ZEBs on Canadian roads by 2024, and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the COP26 conference requiring all new medium- and heavy-duty buses to be ZEBs by 2040.


What paved the way for these bold new targets? Using vehicles and infrastructure from New Flyer, Nova Bus, ABB Group and Siemens to successfully deploy 18 BEBs and seven chargers in Vancouver, Brampton and York Region, the Pan-Canadian BEB Demonstration and Integration Trial is accelerating deployment by advancing infrastructure standards and regulations, and enabling municipalities to save vast sums by sourcing equipment from multiple vendors.



At the same time, CUTRIC is developing CloudTransit™, a cloud-based national trust for the storage, analysis and sharing of data on BEB performance, transit systems operation, cybersecurity, design and public acceptance.



The future(2024 and beyond)


Phase Two of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial marks a significant advancement following the successful initial phase, demonstrating interoperability among different bus and charger manufacturers. This phase is characterized by a focused empirical analysis, delving into battery degradation and testing J3105 supplements to ensure the long-term viability and reliability of electric bus batteries. Phase Two aims to generate comprehensive reports addressing various elements of electric bus integration, including vehicle efficiency, battery recycling opportunities, thermal management strategies, range optimization, cybersecurity standards, and operational support, alongside exploring innovative solutions such as in-depot pantographs for enhanced operational flexibility.



For more information on how you can get involved in Phase II of this project, please contact Jess Smith at 


phase 1 Industry Partners

ABB GroupNew Flyer IndustriesNova BusSiemens Canada

phase 1 Utility Partners

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution

phase 1Transit Partners

Brampton TransitTransLinkYork Region Transit

phase 1 Post-Secondary Partners

Ontario Tech UniversityOCAD UniversityQueen’s UniversityUniversity of Windsor

Electrify the road ahead: unveiling CUTRIC's Ebus phase II journey