This RFI seeks to understand the existing research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) opportunities that can enable the wide-scale deployment of infrastructure for sustainable transportation systems. The questions have been organized around the following topics:
- EV Infrastructure in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
- Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Infrastructure
- Transportation System Efficiency and Sustainability
- Rural, Remote, and Northern Communities
Respondents are encouraged to use verifiable empirical evidence or validated studies wherever possible to support claims and analysis.
Note that we are particularly interested in barriers that can be effectively addressed through research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities.
Decarbonizing the transportation sector is crucial to meeting Canada’s plan to be net-zero by 2050, as transportation accounts for 25% of Canada’s greenhouse emissions. In support of this goal, the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan targets 20% of new light-duty cars and passenger truck sales to be zero-emission by 2026, 60% by 2030, and 100% by 2035. The Plan also targets 35% of total medium and heavy-duty vehicle (MHDV) sales to be zero-emission by 2030, with 100% of MHDV sales to be zero-emission by 2040 for a subset of vehicle types based on feasibility. Further, Canada’s Action Plan for Clean On-Road Transportation discusses the need to improve electric vehicle infrastructure capabilities, but also recognizes that the transition to zero-emission vehicles needs to be considered as part of a broader energy system transition. This transition must also include mode-switching to public transit, active transit, and micro-mobility, as well as innovations in urban planning and design. This supports the National Active Transportation Strategy which targets safe and convenient access to active transportation infrastructure for all communities.
This Request for Information (RFI) seeks written feedback from stakeholders to help NRCan better understand the current challenges and opportunities Canadians face in decarbonizing the transportation sector, with particular interest in infrastructure innovation to enable sustainable transportation systems. Responses may help shape the scope of future transportation-related funding opportunities and be shared with other federal departments.
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Respondents interested in providing a response are to deliver it by 11:59PM EST March 12, 2023
Respondents with questions regarding this RFI may direct their enquiries to: [email protected]
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