Pan-Canadian Battery Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

This project is the first in the world to design, develop and integrate battery electric buses (BEBs) with charging systems that can inter-operate interactively despite being made by different manufacturers.

Mutual and standardized operations

Manufacturers are supporting the operation and maintenance of innovative electric bus charging technologies that are helping municipalities and transit agencies to develop standard systems across Canada. High-powered interoperable charging systems are also essential to the electrification of trucks, delivery vans, and other medium-to heavy-duty vehicles.

Core goals for the trial

  • Show how standards operate in real-time for high-power overhead chargers and BEBs that are remotely controlled and monitored
  • Deploy 18 electric-battery buses and install seven overhead chargers in Vancouver, Brampton, and York Region to demonstrate interoperability
  • Develop CloudTransit™ for cloud-based data storage and analysis of real-time data from BEBs and chargers to enable data sharing
  • Expand the project to include more than 200 BEBs across seven cities from 2022 to 2024 in a national joint procurement using an innovative funding and financing solution with the Infrastructure Bank of Canada.

CUTRIC is working to launch an Innovation P3(C) – an innovative public-private partnership – to supply, finance, maintain, operate, and track the data associated with:

  • BEBs
  • Electricity supply chain, including storage
  • Necessary infrastructure, such as new garage components and upgrades
  • Lifecycle bus and charging system-tracking and performance-monitoring

Innovative aspects of the trial

  • Interoperability and standardization of BEBs and charging infrastructure
  • Innovate a type of joint venture involving public and private financing
  • Help transit agencies work with outside experts in their areas of expertise to finance, design, build, and maintain BEBs and the associated charging infrastructure
  • Reduce charging times on routes and at depots using high-powered, overhead chargers
  • Automate charging events to reduce the time to return to service

Intellectual property and research outcomes

CUTRIC has recruited four of seven universities and colleges for our National Academic Committee for Zero-Emissions Buses to participate in the BEB demonstration and integration trial. Its research relates to battery bus systems performance, transit systems operation, bus cybersecurity, design, and consumer acceptance.

CUTRIC has led the following developments in intellectual property:

  • Standards for integrating high-powered overhead chargers with energy storage
  • CUTRIC’s RoutΣ.i 2.0™ toolset to simulate the energy consumption and operational performance of BEBs across fleets
  • Performance reports for battery- and flywheel-based energy storage devices connecting with high-powered overhead chargers
  • Reports on cybersecurity and networking in automated charging of BEBs
  • Procurement best practices provided to the Government of Canada and others
  • Data visualization tools to show data to cities to support buying BEBs, chargers and other infrastructure
  • Measures of performance to guide transit agencies and utilities

Project Manager

Abhishek Raj ([email protected])

Industry Partners

Utility Partners

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution

Transit Partners

Brampton Transit TransLink York Region Transit

Post-Secondary Partners