Located at Red River College Polytechnic’s Notre Dame Campus, the Vehicle Technology and Research Centre (VTRC) is a dynamic facility where partners, researchers, staff and students collaborate on applied research projects including, prototype design, development and fabrication; testing and evaluation of components, systems and vehicles; vehicle and fleet demonstrations using alternative and renewable fuels.
The Centre is comprised by facilities that combine academic and industrial functions
The Vehicle Technology and Research Centre has educational facilities available for theoretical instruction
The shop area replicates a typical work environment in the transportation and trucking industry
“The transition to electrification brings a rapid shift in safety and technology that our technicians need to be prepared for. The course developed with Red River College Polytechnic introduces technicians to the high-voltage electric vehicle systems needed to support both battery electric and fuel-cell battery electric vehicle technologies and prepare them for the more in-depth manufacturer training.”Eric Rensfelt, Vehicle Systems Supervisor, Winnipeg Transit
The VTRC building has received certification from the Canada Green Building Council. It includes several sustainable features that are uncommon for a large industrial building:
Compared to a standard structure of the same size, VTRC’s efficient heating and cooling systems produce a 50% reduction in energy use, a 72% reduction in space heating, and a 54% reduction in operating costs. It has been certified as LEED® Silver.
RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.
We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.