ePower joins new North American battery electric bus research hub

Posted on February 14, 2020


Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePower) is part of a new cluster of post-secondary institutions receiving funding from The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) to pursue battery electric bus research. CUTRIC is contributing $2.6M in funding to help achieve the federal government’s ambitious goal of electrifying 5,000 transit buses.

The funding, along with an additional $132,500 from federal MITACS industrial research program, will support innovative low-carbon and smart mobility research projects at Queen’s University, OCAD University, University of Windsor, and the Ontario Tech University, which form CUTRIC’s National Academic Committee on Zero-Emissions Buses (NAC-ZEB).

This announcement builds on approximately $16 Million in federal funding already awarded to the City of Brampton, TransLink, York Region Transit, and Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to help launch the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I.

Suzan Eren in the lab

This work will address the challenges faced by electric buses and help us realize the goal of making them a transit standard.

Dr. Suzan Eren, ePOWER

Dr. Suzan Eren Assistant Professor in the ECE Department, Queen’s University, and a member of ePOWER and her team are working to optimize the powertrain used in heavy-duty electric buses to pave the way for practical and efficient next-generation electric buses. “The key technology of this project is innovations in power electronics to revolutionize the design of a new powertrain architecture,” she says. “This work will address the challenges faced by electric buses and help us realize the goal of making them a transit standard.”