Feds look to fund transport emissions reduction projects

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by Emily Atkins

The federal government has called for new proposals for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that will help lower or eliminate emissions from the on-road transportation sector.

Funded under Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, projects selected through this call will address barriers to the demonstration and deployment of low- or zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs), such as by improving the energy efficiency of vehicles through using advanced materials to reduce weight or developing more cost-effective, high-performance technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells and electrical powertrains.

Further, the call will support infrastructure solutions that aim to improve the transportation system’s overall efficiency and increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. This includes the development or demonstration of affordable charging solutions for multi-unit buildings and improving the reliability of electric vehicle chargers in extreme cold weather.

Successful applicants could each receive contributions of up to 75 percent of total eligible costs for research and development projects with a maximum funding contribution up to $1.5 million. For demonstration projects, up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs may be covered, with a maximum funding contribution of up to $5 million.

The call also offers access to funding for Indigenous organizations and includes flexibilities for applicants to submit and start their projects. Successful Indigenous applicants could request a contribution comprising up to 100 percent of total project costs, subject to the same maximum dollar amount under both project categories.

The application process will remain open until July 20, 2023. Successful applicants will be invited to submit full project proposals in the fall.