Zero Emissions Bus Consulting Services

The culmination of CUTRIC’s highly sophisticated modelling tools, Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) Consulting Services help transit agencies, utilities and other allied organizations reach their decarbonization and electrification goals scientifically and neutrally. It includes  RoutΣ.i™ 2.0, deCarbonify™, ZevMapper™, CloudTransit™ and more. 

CUTRIC offers a full suite of services to support its clients throughout the process of decarbonization from technology feasibility assessment to full fleet ZEB implementation considering the current status of assets, identified needs, associated costs, benefits and risks along with operational data analysis and validation. CUTRIC has a client-focused service delivery model and the toolsets that CUTRIC offers are highly customizable to suit the client’s needs and specifications. 

RoutΣ.i™ 2.0

To serve our national consortium, CUTRIC developed RoutΣ.i™ – an industry-leading electric bus & transit simulation tool that allows transit agencies to accurately predict the performance of battery electric buses (BEBs) with various charging strategies (in-depot, on route, and combined solutions), as well as hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEB) with H2 fuelling time and delivery strategies.

  • For Battery Electric Buses (BEBs), RoutΣ.i™ predicts vehicle and fleet range, charging needs, total energy and power needs, total energy costs, CO2e reductions, and scheduling challenges/optimization to support effective BEB charging requirements.
  • For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs), RoutΣ.i™ predicts vehicle and fleet range based on hydrogen fuel parameters, fuelling time needs, total energy needs, total energy costs, CO2e reductions based on the source of H2, and scheduling challenges/optimization to support effective FCEB fuelling requirements. 
  • For electric Low-Speed Autonomous Shuttles (e-LSAs), RoutΣ.i™ predicts vehicle and fleet range, charging needs, total energy and power needs, total energy costs, CO2e reductions, scheduling challenges/optimization to support effective e-LSA fleet deployments for first kilometre/last kilometre requirements.

CUTRIC’s RoutΣ.i™ research team can complete feasibility assessments on a block-based or route-based format.

For full fleet analysis, CUTRIC always recommends block-based analysis inclusive of pull in, pull out, and deadheading requirements to generate a full picture of the energy consumption and charging requirements of your transit system.

RoutΣ.i™ 2.0 also assists organizations in accessing government funding and ensures that they have peerlessly accurate data before moving to procurement and deployment.

RoutΣ.i™ Capabilities

RoutΣ.i™ 2.0 provides accurate, science based and neutral research and feasibility analysis.

You can download our full list of capabilities here.

deCarbonify™

CUTRIC’s deCarbonify™ tool helps transit agencies determine how their transit agency compares to other Canadian transit systems today in terms of energy intensity and pollution. Offering transit agencies a measurement of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, the tool measures CO2e/passenger, CO2e/revenue km, CO2e/total service kms (including deadheading), CO2e/service area density unit and CO2e/vehicle measures. CUTRIC’s deCarbonify™ can also offer additional relative pollution measures such as CO2e per passenger per revenue kilometre.

These measurements help transit agencies determine whether reducing emissions is achieved faster or more substantially using alternative propulsion vehicles, improved route optimization, improved service area design or ridership improvement programs.

ZEVMapper™

ZEVMapper™ helps cities and municipalities determine the potential, required and optimal locations for their electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), or “EV charging station” installations.

The tool uses original methodological insights to determine optimal EVSE locations based on the needs of residents, commuters and through-traffic into and out of a community. It also integrates local and global EV adoption rates to assess the need for growth in charging stations over the next five to 20-year period.

Based on early research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure studies (The EV Project and the ChargePoint America Project), ZEVMapper™ utilizes three categories of variables in calculating and mapping ideal EV charging locations: optimal location variables, installation cost variables and EV driver charging patterns. The tool also maps specific siting choices including long-term parking opportunities (Level 1 & 2), special applications for Level 2 and highway intersectionality (Level 3).

ZEVMapper™ produces outcomes in a “Best Case – Worst Case” scenario assessment which identifies the total number of EV chargers required at a given location or within a given service area to fully satisfy charging needs based on range capabilities of various makes and models of vehicles, drive cycles associated with EV drivers (including commuters, tourists and residents), and minimum required time to charge and “return to home base” for overnight charging.

CloudTransit™

CloudTransit™ is CUTRIC’s cloud-based platform developed as part of the Pan-Canadian Battery Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial Phase I project. Its purpose is to collect, integrate and view in-real time the data generated from various electric bus and electric charging systems which form part of the Trial across multiple transit systems and cities and in partnership with multiple utility partners. This tool will allow transit and utility participants in the Pan-Canadian Demonstration and Integration Trial Phase I to view the performance of the assets across multiple jurisdictions. As part of CUTRIC’s ACES Big Data Trust for mobility data-driven innovation in the future, this platform will form the basis of the integration and analysis of data from multiple sources.

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