Supported by the Ontario Research Fund, Green Intelligent Transportation Systems (Green ITS) is a world class research program focused on addressing serious environmental and safety concerns through an integrative approach that encompasses the entire automotive transportation paradigm. Green ITS addresses development of intelligent eco-friendly vehicle technologies - from zero emission electric vehicle propulsion systems and advanced wireless vehicle communication technologies to power distribution strategies, new battery-charging infrastructure and high-tech electric highways.
Through this highly collaborative effort, researchers from University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and several automotive companies are developing innovative technologies that will collectively improve fuel efficiency and safety, while reducing emissions, manufacturing costs, and traffic congestion. The research team is also investigating efficient methods of power distribution and delivery that will limit the impact of widespread electric vehicle use on our electricity grid. The figure below illustrates the inter-relationships between the three main research themes covered by Green ITS.