Vancouver companies advance zero-emission vehicle technology

Three Vancouver companies are accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy by advancing zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology with support from the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program.

“Through CleanBC, we’re supporting British Columbia companies working on clean technology projects, big and small, to help us meet our climate change goals,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy. , Mining and Low Carbon Innovation. “These three companies are working on smaller-scale technical projects that will have a huge impact on ZEV technology while creating well-paying cleantech jobs.”

Including CORE Energy Recovery Solutions Inc. (CORE), Ionomr Innovations Inc. and Zen and the Art of Clean Energy Solutions (Zen), 17 projects are receiving funding under the second ARC program funding call. The program invests more than $8 million in research and commercialization projects that span all modes of transportation, from boats to e-bikes and aviation, and benefit eight municipalities across British Columbia.

“British Columbia companies working in the zero-emission vehicle sector contribute significantly to jobs and economic opportunity for people in our communities,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Strategy. on climate change. “Through our CleanBC plan, we are supporting important advances in clean technologies that will reduce emissions in our transportation sector to expand and accelerate innovation.

CORE will receive $389,638 in funding under the ARC program to support the fabrication and production of membrane humidifier prototypes for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Humidifiers are a crucial part of the overall system and performance of FCEVs. CORE will test and validate the prototypes with an automotive partner.

With $205,780 in support from the ARC program, Ionomr Innovations Inc. is manufacturing advanced ion exchange membranes, which are materials used in FCEV power systems and in hydrogen production. Ionomr’s project will improve rapid prototyping capabilities to improve the efficiency, lifetime and scalability of hydrogen fuel cell power system technology.

Zen will receive $133,526 under the ARC program to improve its ZEV route energy analysis modeling tool. The tool enables Zen to develop plans with customized and optimized technology choices for customers to deploy zero-emission buses and fueling and charging infrastructure in a cost-effective manner. Zen will further develop the model to improve accuracy and usability and adapt it for use with heavy trucks.

These three CRA-funded projects will create and maintain approximately 13 new jobs.

The ARC program supports the electric vehicle (EV) sector in British Columbia by providing targeted support for research and development, commercialization and demonstration of BC-based EV technologies, services and products. This round of ARC project funding leverages more than $18 million in industry and federal government investments and is expected to help create and sustain approximately 175 full-time equivalent jobs.

The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 is British Columbia’s plan to expand and accelerate climate action by building on the province’s natural advantages – abundant and clean electricity, high-value natural resources and a highly skilled workforce. It sets the stage for increased collaboration to build a BC that works for everyone.


Melanie Mark, MP for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant –

“I am delighted that local businesses are at the center of our efforts to create a low carbon economy. Electric and zero-emission vehicles are key to this initiative and will help people in our community go green and reduce their carbon footprint.

David Eby, MP for Vancouver-Point Gray –

“Hydrogen fuel innovation is key to our progress in making clean energy more accessible to people. Investments in green energy not only create jobs in our community, but they also allow us to create a better future for generations to come.

Ryan Huizing, Director of Research and Development, CORE Energy Recovery Solutions Inc. –

“CORE’s focus in the fuel cell electric vehicle market is to provide high performance, cost effective and long life humidifier components. This ARC-supported project will allow us to prototype our next generation of membrane fuel cell humidifiers. These products, designed and manufactured in British Columbia, will have improved performance and manufacturability over current designs, which is essential to enable our customers to bring systems to market for the fuel cell electric vehicle market.

Bill Haberlin, CEO, Ionomr Innovations Inc. –

“Ionomr Innovations is the kind of new company and game-changing technology that can deliver cost, performance and environmental benefits for fuel cells, hydrogen production and carbon capture processes to truly facilitate a rapid transition to the hydrogen economy. Ionomr’s ion-exchange membrane and polymer technology is already well advanced in its scale-up and commercialization efforts, with primary research and development and manufacturing facilities located in hub Vancouver. development of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

Sabina Russell, Director and Co-Founder, Zen and the Art of Clean Energy Solutions –

“Zen and the Art of Clean Energy Solutions is committed to working with fleet operators to transition to zero-emission vehicles. This transition is necessary to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and key local pollutants It is important to evaluate vehicle technologies in actual duty cycles over a range of expected ambient temperatures to ensure that the selected vehicle technology can do the job required, without requiring operators to be Zen’s validated route energy modeling tool allows us to help operators choose the best ZEV technology for their application, and we are excited to expand our capabilities from transit buses to the trucking sector.

Fast facts:

  • The electric vehicle sector includes battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, as well as companies and organizations involved in all aspects of the electric vehicle supply chain.
  • The supply chain extends from raw materials to final consumer products for vehicles or vehicle components, fuel and infrastructure, and transferable technologies and services.
  • British Columbia leads North America in the transition to electric vehicles with light electric vehicle sales accounting for 13% of all new light vehicle sales in 2021.

Learn more:

To learn more about the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization program, visit: – programs/clean-energy-vehicles-program/zev-sector-development

To learn more about CORE Energy Harvesting Solutions, visit:

To learn more about Ionomr Innovations Inc., visit:

To learn more about Zen and the art of clean energy solutions, visit:

To learn more about the CleanBC plan, visit:

Wiley C. Thompson