Next generation powertrain development

As part of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) research supports the automotive industry in providing new components and systems.

GAIA consists of three labs with focus on:

  • powertrain efficiency,
  • longer-lasting batteries for hybrid and electric cars,
  • and testing research-modified hybrid electric vehicles on rolling dynamometers.

Vision

GAIA is a research facility at the University of Waterloo that is focused on smarter and greener cars for environmental sustainability.

"The GAIA facility will enable world-class multidisciplinary research with a strong collaborative approach,” John McPhee, head of GAIA project.

  1. Oct. 10, 2018Auto, tech sectors converging across southern OntarioAutonomoose on road

    WATERLOO — Two of the most important sectors of the Ontario economy — automotive and high tech — have converged in southern Ontario to form an economic cluster that is unique in North America.

    The convergence has been driven mainly by the availability of software developers and other tech talent, Ross McKenzie, managing director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research said Wednesday in an interview during the University of Waterloo's Autotech Symposium.

  2. Sep. 12, 2018New all-electric passenger service to connect Waterloo Region and GuelphTesla vehicles

    KITCHENER — He's got the vehicles: A fleet of 10 all-electric Tesla Model X SUVs.

    He's got the staff: A team of 18 full-time employees and counting.

    Now all Jason Hammond needs are the passengers.

    Hammond is the president of Wroute, a new transportation service that's launching between Waterloo Region and Guelph.

  3. Jan. 16, 2018Central Stores unveils hybrid service vehiclePresident Feridun Hamdullahpur stands next to the Central Stores hybrid service vehicle.

    When the University’s senior leaders were looking for a service-related department to consider alternative energy vehicles, Central Stores answered the call and has added a hybrid service vehicle to its fleet.

Read all news