Pan-Canadian Electric Transit Systems: Energy Consumption, GHG Reductions, Opportunities and Challenges Ahead


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Dr. Josipa Petrunic, Executive Director and CEO of CUTRIC

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) has been leading the development of a Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial, including 20 electric buses and 7 overhead charging systems distributed across three transit agencies (Translink, Brampton and York Region). Energy consumption modelling work has demonstrated the degree to which transit agencies need to plan for an energy overhaul of their fleet networks in order to enable standardized on-route and end-point charging opportunities integrated with energy storage devices in the future. This integration will overcome challenges associated with demand charges, when transit fleets seek to electrify their systems en masse.