Original Article, Drs. J. Petrunic et al., Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium, September 2020
Over the past five years, the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) has established itself as Canada’s leader in electric transit bus technological and financial innovation and knowledge. As a member-owned, non-profit technology consortium, CUTRIC has supported dozens of Canadian transit agencies in preparing their systems for electrification. This report draws on a plethora of case studies in electric transit applications and deployment projects focusing specifically on Canadian deployments. Several Canadian provinces rely heavily upon clean energy sources to generate electricity making electrified transit in this country an effective solution in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationwide. This enables Canada to move toward meeting its ambitious targets set forth in the “Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.” By drawing upon lessons learned from current transit electrification projects in Canada, transit agencies can make informed decisions to transition toward full-fleet electrification or zero-emissions transit systems.