National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

October 15, 2014 13:33 ET

NRC to Improve the Safety, Efficiency and Reliability of Canada's Public Transportation, Trucking and Military Vehicles

Moving forward in the commercialization of innovative transportation technologies

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2014) - Capitalizing on 40 years of experience in the surface transportation industry, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announces its cooperation with Canadian fleet managers from the public transportation, trucking and military sectors to develop innovative technologies and provide engineering solutions to solve ground vehicle fleet challenges.

Fleet Forward 2020 is a seven-year technology development program that will improve vehicle fleet performance by offering leading edge research, technical, and engineering services. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to improve fuel efficiency, reduce repair and maintenance costs, and minimize environmental footprint of fleet vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers.

Clients and collaborators will have ready access to NRC's world-class facilities in Ottawa and to a multidisciplinary team of some 100 technologists, engineers and scientists.

Quick Facts

  • The National Research Council's Climatic Testing Facility is the largest in North America and is designed specifically to evaluate the performance of various vehicles and vehicle systems and components under severe climatic conditions, in temperatures ranging from -50ºC to +55ºC.
  • Fleet Forward 2020 focuses on a variety of technical solutions, including: vehicle diagnostics and prognostics; power management and fuel efficiency; alternative fuels and intelligent fuel use; and more. .
  • National Research Council experts have worked with the transportation industry to develop solutions such as advanced aluminum welding technology for lighter weight trailers, stronger rear impact guards for trailers, and tractor-trailer drag reduction devices to improve heavy vehicle aerodynamics.
  • The National Research Council owns and operates a variety of surface transportation research facilities, such as a climatic chamber, a heavy structural dynamics lab, heavy vehicle tilt facilities, and many more.
  • The National Research Council has a 9-metre by 9-metre wind tunnel with speeds of up to 198 kilometres per hour. It is used by government agencies, research organizations and private companies to test the aerodynamics of a variety of ground vehicles.


"Our government has made record investments in science, technology and innovation to move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace more quickly. The National Research Council's Fleet Forward 2020 will provide innovative solutions to improve fuel efficiency, reduce repair and maintenance costs, and minimize the environmental footprint of fleet vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers."

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"We not only help the industry reduce their design and manufacturing costs, we contribute to the development of safer and more efficient transportation for Canadians. So when bus authorities drive to a National Research Council facility to check the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems of their fleets, the final products will offer passengers a safe and comfortable ride."

Ian Potter, Vice-President of Engineering and Director General, Business Management Support at the National Research Council of Canada

Additional Links

- Fleet Forward 2020 research program

- Lightweighting of Ground Transportation Vehicles

Contact Information

  • Media Relations Team
    National Research Council of Canada
    1-855-282-1637 (24/7)
    Twitter: @nrc_cnrc