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Vehicle Energy Facility (VEF)

The Vehicle Energy Facility (VEF), launched in February 2011, is a state-of-the-art research and test facility capable of testing whole hybrid vehicle powertrains, components and subsystems.


The facility is part of the collaborative Birmingham Science City Energy Efficiency and Demand project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.




The facility allows OEMs, suppliers and researchers accurate and repeatable assessment of existing and emerging technologies. The facility is able to test any hybrid vehicle architecture and can aid objective assessment of driveability using real/virtual components through hardware-in-loop (HiL).

The VEF complements the Hybrid Vehicle Research Group's existing modelling and simulation capabilities and offers clear benefits to users.

The VEF is of relevance to companies in all sectors which have a requirement to test the performance of internal combustion engines, electric machines and batteries. For example, the facility can be used to characterise the performance of electrical generators for the wind turbine industry, and test a variety of small to large scale vehicle engines.

Please contact Richard Seager for further information, including proposals for collaboration and access to the facilities.





The VEF is funded by Advantage West Midlands, the European Regional Development Fund and the University of Warwick as part of the Birmingham Science City initiative.

Funded by the European Development Fund