Modal Optimization as a Contributor to Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada

This project was a joint undertaking by Pollution Probe and Change Energy Services. Its purpose was to update the knowledge and awareness of Canadian policy-makers with regard to the ability of emerging, advanced technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from passenger cars and trucks – specifically cars and trucks that make use of internal combustion engines (ICEs). Technologies in scope included those related to reducing heat-loss within engines, increasing compression ratio, reducing ancillary loads on engines and improving drivetrain efficiency.

The project report presents the findings of a detailed literature review and interview process in which recognized experts and thought-leaders in automotive technology innovation from around the world were consulted.

The research was driven by two basic questions:

What is the potential of emerging advanced technologies to reduce GHG emissions from ICE vehicles, considering Canadian operating conditions and market preferences?

What are the estimated costs and payback times of advanced technologies for consumers?