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EV/AV Report: February 22, 2021

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, Tesla continues to show its dominance in the EV market, Gatik unveiled its first run of electric autonomous box trucks and GM’s Advanced Technology Track is officially open for business in Oshawa, Ontario.  

Market Dominance

Ten EVs roll up to a traffic light; eight of them are Teslas. There is no joke here.

New data shows that 79 percent of the EVs registered in the U.S. in 2020 were made by Tesla as the automaker’s four available models currently represent four of the top five best-selling EVs for the year.

While the Chevy Bolt EV took third, the Model 3, Model Y, Model X and Model S took first, second, fourth and fifth place, respectively.

This big year for Tesla shows itself in the form of a 16 percent increase in vehicle registrations since 2019.

Outside the Box

Gatik, an autonomous technology company specializing in short-haul logistics unveiled its first run of electric autonomous box trucks.

These new electric autonomous box trucks are designed with an all-electric powertrain, boast a range of 120 miles and can reach full charge in less than one and a half hours.

“Helping our customers as they meet their ambitious emissions targets is a key pillar of our long-term strategy. Our electric autonomous box trucks are defining a new frontier in sustainability while continuing to offer the cost reductions and shorter delivery times our autonomous solution is known for,” said Gautam Narang, CEO and co-founder of Gatik.

The trucks are set for initial release in New Orleans, Louisiana at some point this month.

Setting up in the ‘Shwa

GM Canada has announced the completion of the Canadian Technical Centre McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track, or CTC MATT.

Located in Oshawa, Ontario, the facility spans about 55 acres and features an oval-shaped driving track four lanes wide.

The track will be used for testing a wide range of advancing driving systems including vehicle motion embedded controls, advanced driver-assist features, autonomous features, all-electric propulsion and infotainment.

“Canada has become the ideal place for GM to expand its engineering work for the future—and the opening of the CTC McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track will take that work even further,” said GM Canada president and managing director, Scott Bell. 

“We’re excited for the next big step forward in advanced technology development and testing—right here in Oshawa.”

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