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Gatik's Success in Autonomous Trucking and Cellcentric's NextGen Fuel Cell System Development
Key Ideas
  • Gatik, the short-haul pickup-and-delivery company, has secured significant partnerships and funding, aiming for mass production of autonomous trucks in 2027.
  • Contracts with customers are solid, ensuring lease payments even if trucks are idle, leading to a scalable business model generating $200,000 in revenue per truck annually.
  • Gatik's stringent customer selection process, coupled with a perfect safety record after 600,000 deliveries, sets it apart in the autonomous trucking industry.
  • Cellcentric, a joint venture between Daimler Truck and Volvo Group, is developing a more powerful NextGen fuel cell system with over 350kW peak power, aiming for commercial production by the end of the decade.
Gatik, a seven-year-old company specializing in short-haul pickup-and-delivery services, stands out in the autonomous trucking industry with its plans for mass production of autonomous trucks by 2027. The company has over 300 trucks committed for deployment by the end of the following year, supported by solid five-year contracts with customers ensuring revenue even if trucks remain idle. Gatik's careful customer selection process and emphasis on safety have contributed to its success, with a perfect safety record after 600,000 deliveries. On the other hand, cellcentric, a joint venture between Daimler Truck and Volvo Group, is working on developing a more powerful and compact NextGen fuel cell system with peak power exceeding 350kW. Despite the current cellcentric offering of 150kW, the new system is not expected to enter series production before the end of the decade. The focus on engineering for high-power output, cost of ownership, and adherence to emissions regulations indicates a forward-looking approach in developing advanced fuel cell technology for North American transportation needs.
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