Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I & II

The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial is a national, multi-phase project that supports the development of critical technologies for standardized electric bus and associated charging infrastructure.

Phase I

Phase I of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial has launched and is deploying electric buses and overhead chargers – standardized to the OppCharge Protocol – across three municipal jurisdictions in Canada. The deployment is preceded by predictive modelling using CUTRIC’s Rout∑.iTM modelling tool and will be followed by data collection and analytics from the data loggers on-board the vehicles and chargers.

The multi-stakeholder project is being governed by a Project Steering Committee through a consultative process and has, collectively, been able to generate important guidance documents to assist public fleets – including transit agencies and utility/local distribution companies – to overcome the barriers of uncertainty and high risk associated with the adoption of electrified propulsion technologies. Eighteen standardized electric buses and seven standardized overhead chargers will be deployed across Vancouver, Brampton and York Region as part of this trial. Four Universities are also involved in carrying out research and development (R&D) activities across various aspects of electromobility- ranging from electric powertrain, cybersecurity, energy storage and data visualization. 

IP and Research Outcomes:

  • Data analytics reports based on data from the loggers onboard the vehicles and also from the chargers
  • Performance Measures Specifications for Electric Bus and Chargers
  • Governance Charter and IP-sharing structure for a multi-stakeholder project focused on commercialization of Low-Carbon Smart Mobility technology
  • Intellectual Property including data analytics tools 
  • Academic research deliverables including journal and conference publications

Project Manager and Project Lead:

  • Aditya Ramesh: Project Manager: Electric Bus and Coach Bus
  • Dr. Abhishek Raj: National Lead – Electric Bus Project

Phase II

Phase II of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial will deploy standardized electric buses and smart-enabled 450 kW+ overhead charging systems standardized to SAE J3105 and in-depot chargers standardized to SAE J1772. These systems will be integrated with energy storage and deployed across multiple jurisdictions in Canada. The deployment is preceded by predictive modelling using CUTRIC’s Rout∑.iTM modelling tool and will be followed by data collection and analytics from the data loggers on-board the vehicles and chargers. 

Phase II will also explore innovative business models including financing and Innovation P3© (Public-Private-Partnership) frameworks to develop a template for transit agencies to involve OEMs, data integrators, and infrastructure developers in their transition to electrification. Phase II will expand on the footprint of Phase I by integrating more transit systems and utility partners across Canada into the project. 

CUTRIC is currently funding research and development (R&D) activities within four Universities allied to Phase II of this project across various aspects of electromobility, including electric powertrain, cybersecurity, energy storage, and data visualization. 

IP and Research Outcomes:

  • Data analytics reports based on data from the loggers onboard the vehicles and also from the chargers and energy storage devices
  • Performance Measures Specifications for E-Buses, chargers (both higher power overhead chargers and in-depot chargers), and energy storage devices 
  • Standards around higher power (450 kW+) overhead charging and energy storage integration
  • Governance Charter and IP sharing structure for a multi-stakeholder project focused on commercialization of low carbon smart mobility technology
  • Intellectual Property including data analytics tools 
  • Academic research deliverables including journal and conference publications

Project Manager and Project Lead:

  • Aditya Ramesh: Project Manager: Electric Bus & Coach Bus
  • Dr. Abhishek Raj: National Lead – Electric Bus Project

Phase I - Industry Stakeholders

Nova Bus New Flyer Industries ABB Group Siemens Canada Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution

Phase I - Municipal Stakeholders

Brampton Transit York Region Transit TransLink

Phase I - Academic Stakeholders

University of Windsor University of Ontario – Institute of Technology Queen’s University OCAD University

Phase II - Industry Stakeholders

Nova Bus New Flyer Industries Proterra Inc. ABB Group Siemens Canada eCAMION

Phase II - Municipal Stakeholders

Brampton Transit Durham Region Transit Burlington Transit York Region Transit Grand River Transit

Phase II - Academic Stakeholders

University of Windsor University of Ontario – Institute of Technology Queen’s University OCAD University