Green and Intelligent Automotive Facility (GAIA)

Based at the University of Waterloo, the Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Research Facility is a division of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR). One of the most advanced facilities of its kind, GAIA consolidates a broad range of testing capabilities and expertise, supporting both academic researchers and industry in their development efforts.

GAIA collaborates with the Toyota Technical Centre in Michigan to develop next-generation automotive systems. It has three cells to test batteries and power electronics with vehicle-to-grid capabilities, hybrid/electric vehicle powertrains that reduce emissions, and full vehicles on a rolling dynamometer.


Engineering 7 (E7) Building
Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Facility
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3G1

Areas of Expertise

Hybrid and electrical powertrain systems
Energy storage and vehicle grid systems
Intelligent vehicle technology


Product R&D
Facility Access & Testing

Contact Information


Email: Chris Shum – Operations Manager –

Published: September 20, 2021

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