Smart Cities

Powering homes, buildings and transportation with smart, clean technologies

Powering homes, buildings, and transportation with smart, clean technologies is a key strategic area of focus for Alectra.

The Smart Cities Team at Alectra’s GRE&T Centre promotes smart, clean and integrated technologies and data to enhance the quality of life for residents and those working in urban areas. The initial focus is to identify, test, and assess opportunities for Alectra to support residents, businesses and municipalities with the shift to electric mobility.

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Influence and develop convenient solutions for electric vehicle drivers and building operators

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Provide insight on electric vehicle distribution and integration to meet demands of customers

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Promote electric vehicle adoption, leading to significantly reduced carbon Footprint

Active Projects

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AlectraDrive @Work

AlectraDrive @Work manages the flow of electricity needed to serve a building and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, so that electricity costs are minimized for business owners while EV drivers have an easy, convenient charging solution.

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AlectraDrive @Home

This project aims to gain insight into electric vehicle (EV) charging behaviour at home, and how various incentives can influence behavior to optimize the effectiveness of the grid and the impact of increased charging on the grid. A key goal is to understand and address the barriers to EV adoption experienced by apartment and condominium dwellers.

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Past Projects

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York University E-Bus Simulation

This project studies the impact of e-bus fleets (from transit to school buses) to identify and evaluate technical best practices for efficient electrification of e-buses in Ontario.

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York University E-Bus Simulation Study

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Advantage Power Pricing Pilot Project

This project tested various new Time-of-Use (TOU) price plans and their effect on customer behaviour, electricity use and costs. The different price plans were designed to give customer greater control and help Ontario’s power system run more efficiently.

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Spotlight: E-Mobility

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E-Mobility

By 2030, there will be about 125 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road worldwide. We’re gearing up today so you can drive your way to a cleaner, better and smarter tomorrow.

Guide to EV charging in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

Alectra’s EV Innovation Timeline