Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium
The Path to Electric Transportation
One of the most impactful factors in energy transformation happens to also be one where Canada has some strategic choices to make.
Standardization of charging infrastructure for high-powered on route and depot charging is a crucial step for ubiquitous transit electrification.
The integration of utilities with transit fleet managers in “energy systems teams” is needed to plan out transit electrification that utilizes energy storage with high-powered charging (the relationship between utilities and transit systems remains weak today, across Canada).
The integration of both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric transit vehicles is crucial for the full electrification of short-, medium-, and long-range routes across Canadian and global transit systems.
The integration of “first mile, last mile” small, electrified mobility pods as feeders into mass transit hubs is critical to the shift towards low carbon mobility overall.