Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

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

Mutual and standardized operations

The manufacturers will support the operation and maintenance of these innovative technologies. This will help municipalities and transit agencies to develop standard systems across Canada. High-powered charging systems that can operate interactively are essential to increase the electrification of trucks, and other medium- to heavy-duty vehicles beyond buses, too.

Core goals for the trial

  • Show how standards operate in real-time for high-power overhead chargers and battery-electric buses that are remotely controlled and monitored;
  • Put 18 electric-battery buses and seven overhead chargers in Vancouver, Brampton, and York Region to demonstrate interactive operability; and
  • Develop CloudTransit™ for cloud-based data storage and analysis of real-time data from electric buses and chargers to enable city-to-city data sharing;
  • Expand the project to include more than 200 battery-electric buses across seven cities by 2021 in a national joint procurement using an innovative funding and financing solution with the Infrastructure Bank of Canada.

CUTRIC aims to launch an Innovation P3(C) (i.e., an innovative public-private partnership) to supply, finance, maintain, operate, and track the data associated with:

  • Battery-electric buses
  • Electricity “fuel” energy supply chain, including storage
  • Necessary infrastructure (like new garage components and upgrades)
  • Lifecycle bus and charging system tracking and performance monitoring

Innovative aspects of the trial

  • Expand to more locations in Phase 2 from 2020 to 2023;
  • Innovate a type of joint venture involving public and private financing; 
  • Help transit agencies to work with outside experts in their areas of expertise: to finance, design, build, and maintain;
  • Reduce charging times on routes and at depots using high-powered, overhead chargers with integrated energy storage;
  • Make routes more efficient by using connective technology to automate convoys of electric-battery buses; and
  • Automate charging events to reduce the time to return to service.

Intellectual property and research outcomes 

We recruited seven universities and colleges for our National Advisory Committee for Zero-Emissions Buses for research related to battery bus systems performance, transit systems operation, bus cybersecurity, design, and consumer acceptance. 

CUTRIC has led developments in intellectual property as follows:

  • Standards for operating high-powered overhead chargers integrated with energy storage;
  • CUTRIC’s RoutΣ.i™ tool to simulate the energy consumption and operational performance of electric-battery buses across full 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 electric-battery buses; 
  • Procurement best practices provided to the Government of Canada and others;
  • Data visualization tools to show data to cities to support buying electric-battery buses and utilities; and
  • Measures of performance to guide transit and utility agencies.

Leading consortium

CUTRIC has built a consortium of organizations to develop and bulk buy technologies for battery-electric buses.

Project Manager: Aditya Ramesh ([email protected])

Industry Partners

Transit Partners

Brampton Transit Burlington Transit Durham Region Transit Guelph Transit TransLink Winnipeg Transit York Region Transit

Post-Secondary Partners