Marquee Projects

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National Smart Vehicle Demonstration and Integration Trial

The short: The first trial of its kind in North America is deploying half-a-dozen electric low-speed autonomous shuttles (eLSAs) in Markham, Ontario. This will enable hundreds of residents to share the zero-emission service from York Region Transit (YRT) as a means of reaching local transit hubs without driving their personal vehicles.

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Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared (ACES) Big Data Trust

The short: The first initiative of its kind in North America proposes to create a legally-sound and cyber-secure digital resource for transit agencies to collect, analyze, optimize and share the data and intellectual property (IP) needed to plan, procure, deploy, operate and maintain low carbon and zero-emission transit technologies in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner. 

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Consultation Initiatives

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Zero Emission Bus Committee

CUTRIC’s Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Committee is a national forum for CUTRIC’s members to share up-to-date information and data related to ZEB procurements, deployments, predictive and empirical data and funding and financing options. It will ensure that Canadian transit agencies have access to the highest-quality transit-led ZEB data and ZEB procurement and deployment knowledge across Canada and the United States. This Committee reports to CUTRIC’s Board of Directors and is chaired by Erin Cooke of Winnipeg Transit.

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National Power Providers Transit Electrification Working Group

Initiative Summary: The Power Providers Working Group for Transit Electrification is trying to establish a systematic national dialogue reviewing and assessing the opportunities, challenges and solutions associated with the growing role for utilities across Canada with regards to electrification of transportation, including electric vehicle supply equipment for both high-powered and…

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Rail Innovation Focus Group

Overview: Opportunities for the rail sector to lead technological innovations have been identified in the Rail Innovation in Canada: Top 10 Technology Areas for Passenger and Freight Rail June 2020 report, the Zero Emission Transit Fund announcement by the Government of Canada in 2021 and the climate change and sustainable transportation…

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Funded R&D Projects

Automated and Connected Electric Vehicle Integration: Optimization Analysis & Techno-Economic Predictive Analysis

The Automated and Connected Electric Vehicle Integration: Optimization Analysis & Techno- Economic Predictive Analysis project will help municipalities across Ontario predictively assess and understand the feasibility of deploying and operating low-speed electrified autonomous shuttles (e- LSAs) within local municipal systems and specifically with regards to first-mile/last-mile solution building. This will…

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High-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging with Energy Storage Integration: Optimization Analysis & Techno-Economic Predictive Analysis

In order to assist public fleets (including transit agencies and utility/local distribution companies) to overcome the barriers of uncertainty and high risk associated with new electrified propulsion technologies integration, CUTRIC developed a consortium of industry partners to lead research into various aspects of electrified propulsion systems, vehicle-to-grid integration, and cybersecurity…

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Pre-commercialization Development Project of Induction Heated Catalyst (IHC)

Electrically heated catalysts constitute a universally applicable tool for temperature management in the exhaust after treatment system. Not only does it significantly increase the effectiveness of exhaust after treatment (reduction in HC, CO, and NOx, exhaust emissions), but it also offers potential for CO2 reduction at the same time, therefore…

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Pan-Canadian Electric Vehicle Energy Consumption, State of Charge, & Vehicle Simulation Modelling for Heavy Duty Powertrain Systems and High-Powered Charging

A simulation tool was developed to support electric-bus deployment projects by predicting operational benefits, total CO2e savings, and charging requirements. The model is based on the original code developed via collaborations through the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I. The main inputs of the model include physical characteristics of the…

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Development of Low-Cost, High Performing and Durable PEM Fuel Cells (Phase I)

Urban transit emissions have the highest impact environmentally and socially, especially on the health hazard of the urban population. This study focuses on zero-emission fuel cell technology that can be used in: fuel-cell power/propulsion systems; battery electric power/propulsion systems with fuel cell as ranger extenders; and electric power/propulsion systems with…

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Integrated Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Systems Analysis: Route Optimization, Fuel Consumption, Powertrain Performance, and Economic Feasibility Analysis & Techno-Economic Predictive Analysis

In this project, an integrated vehicle system analyses of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) (transit buses) will be conducted. There are module specific, independent, third party principal applicants involved in this project to ensure neutrality of the research and accounting procedures. The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) will serve…

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Electric Vehicle Enclave (EVE) Autonomous Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Pilot

The Electric Vehicle Enclave (EVE) Autonomous Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Pilot is a state-of-the-art project showcasing infrastructure-based autonomy in a complex residential environment. This project is designed to tackle some of the key challenges for autonomous vehicle penetration. Today’s state-of-the-art in autonomous vehicles is highly limited to highway driving and is…

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Design and Real-Life Verification of Light-Weight Solar Anti-Idling System in Urban Transit Vehicles and Service Fleets for Reduction of GHG Emissions

This project focuses on the optimization of the system design. The main purpose is to accomplish commercialization of an “anti-idling” solution for public transit buses. Therefore, the project entails aspects of design, cost considerations, and safety concerns. A universal anti-idling solution is not possible because the pattern of idling varies…

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Pantonium Intelligent On-Demand Transit

Since September 2018, Pantonium has provided newly developed technology to enable an intelligent on-demand bus service in Belleville, Ontario. The technology deployed to Belleville is currently an alpha version. Several new features and capabilities are slated to be added to the system based on feedback of the initial pilot as…

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Next-Generation Integrated Battery-Based Electric Bus Charging System

In the proposed project, the consortium will develop a novel bus charging technology that is backed up by a battery energy storage system. In the proposed project, eCAMION will lead a consortium composed of two academic partners and a potential deployment partner. The overall project query is to create a…

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Past Projects

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Automotive and Transportation Innovation Across Canada & Regional Transportation Needs and Capacities as Targeted RD&D Projects

This report provides an introduction to transportation innovation with a methodological overview. CUTRIC maps out industry trends across stakeholders in the advanced transportation innovation network to identify potential project RD&D needs across Canada. This document is the basis for the development of CUTRIC-led consultation workshops to identify next-generation low-carbon mobility…

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