Research & Consulting

Knowledge Series

Renewable Natural Gas as a Complementary Solution to Decarbonizing Transit

Date: June 30, 2022
Authors: Dr. Roberto Sardenberg, aniket basu, parvathy pillai, and josipa petrunic

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Public transit is one of the most common modes of transportation in big cities. These vehicles are predominantly powered by fossil fuels that are most often diesel. Diesel is one of the most polluting fossil fuels and consists of an entire fuel supply chain that is carbon intensive.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) buses operating using renewable natural gas (RNG) can be cleaner and cheaper to operate than BEBs and FCEBs. CNG buses have already been disseminated in the transit industry with the utilization of fossil fuel natural gas. If those buses are powered with RNG, transit can be simultaneously cleaner and cheaper. The RNG fuel has the potential of being zero-carbon or even carbon-negative depending on the methods of production because its production can offset both the tailpipe emissions and the emissions of other human activities, as explained in this report. 

Canadian ZEB Database™: Canada's zero-emission bus landscape and electrification readiness

Date: June 10, 2022
Author: Titash Choudhury, aniket base, parvathy pillai, dr. josipa petrunic
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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. 

This 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.

Electrical Utility Strategies for Transportation Electrification: Canadian Market Scan & North American Case Studies

Date: October 2021
Author: Janet Eby, Leah Geller, Ted Wojcinski, Josipa Petrunic

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is proud to announce the publication of the first-ever comprehensive review and assessment of Canadian electrical utilities’ transportation electrification strategies

This report provides a full market scan of strategies launched by Canadian electrical utilities, as well as a review of electrification case studies and best practices across North America, including legislation and regulation that promotes utility involvement.

CUTRIC National Smart Vehicle Joint Procurement Initiative: Rout∑.i™ Predictive Modelling of Autonomous Shuttle Performance and Passenger-Carrying Capacity of First-km/Last-km Solutions: CUTRIC-ACATS Project Final Report

Date: January 2021
Authors: Dr. Mahmood Nesheli, Dr. Elnaz Abotalebi, Dr. roberto sardenberg, dr. yutian zhao, shervin backtiari, parvathy pillai, & dr. josipa petrunic

Transport Canada created the Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System (ACATS) program to help prepare the country for connected and automated vehicle (CAV) deployments on Canadian roads.

The ACATS program distributed C$2.9 million across 15 different organizations to support: (1) research, studies and technology evaluations; (2) the development of codes, standards and guidance materials; and (3) capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities.

New Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles: Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Metro Vancouver

Date:march 2021
Authors: Elnaz abotalebi, mahmood nasheli, parvathy pillai, & josipa petrunic

Our new report for the David Suzuki Foundation explores the opportunity for Metro Vancouver policy-makers to build on the soon-to-be-released Transport 2050 plan by advancing autonomous vehicles as emissions-reducing and mobility-improving tools.

Best Practices and Key Considerations for Transit Electrification and Charging Infrastructure Deployment to Deliver Predictable, Reliable, and Cost-Effective Fleet Systems

Date: June 2020
Authors: Dr. Josipa Petrunic, Dr. Elnaz Abotalebi & Dr. Abhishek Raj

This report summarizes results from an extensive literature review of different transit electrification deployments and experiences, including service provider insights, charging standards overviews and electric bus deployment data both in Canada and globally. Additionally, pilot projects in Canadian cities, as well as each province’s and territory’s readiness for transit electrification, are reviewed in this report, along with an overview of policies and incentives facilitating zero-emission bus (ZEB) adoption and funding opportunities to support fleet electrification.

In sum, the results of a comprehensive review of the Canadian landscape in terms of fleet electrification, charging deployments and utility strategies is combined here with results from detailed semi-structured interviews with Canadian and North American transit agencies, as well as semi-structured focus group consultation outputs and outcomes from a series of semi-structured conference panel sessions.

This study offers a summary of best practices in the form of recommendations to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in its pursuit of best practices for transit electrification and charging infrastructure deployment to deliver predictable, reliable and cost-effective electrified fleet systems to Canadians in the near- to mid-term future.

Rail Innovation in Canada: Top 10 Technology Areas for Passenger and Freight Rail

Date: June 2020
Author: Dr. Elnaz Abotalebi, Dr. Yutian Zhao, Abhishek Raj, Dr. Josipa Petrunic

The main objective of the clean rail innovation study conducted by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) for Transport Canada is to identify the “Top 10” feasible technology theme areas that will build Canada’s future passenger and freight mobility system.

The overall goal is to conduct a preliminary scan of the state of the industry in Canada today—from both passenger and freight perspectives—in terms of technology innovation that Transport Canada could ultimately use to guide its medium- to long-term research, development and deployment (RD&D) efforts.