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Equipment and Technical Capabilities

Vehicle Energy Testing and Characterisation Equipment

  • Twin Froude Hofmann transient dynamometers capable of synchronised operation allowing real-time drive cycle testing of engine and motor and its impact on battery life and tailpipe emissions
  • Bitrode battery simulator and battery cycler – 500A, 900V up to 250kW maximum
  • Testing of energy storage technologies
  • Energy storage test station/simulator and whole vehicle simulation
  • dSPACE Hardware in Loop (HiL) allowing simulation of vehicle components/systems in conjunction with real components
  • Component and vehicle simulation
  • Robot driver and multi-phase power analyser
  • Horiba emission measurements capable of Euro5 levels
  • Light and heavy duty emissions testing
  • Fuel farm with conditioned supply of petrol, diesel and biofuels and special fuels
  • Individual cooling circuits

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Typical Usage

  • Control strategy development and refinement
  • Determination of local emissions in conjunction with CO2 emissions for different control strategies
  • Determination of the effects of driver behaviour on hybrid and conventional vehicles over a wide range of drive cycles
  • Electric motor testing and characterisation
  • Electrical energy storage testing and characterisation
  • Fuel economy and emissions testing
  • Hybrid vehicle architecture testing
  • Optimised energy management for HEVs
  • Plug-in HEV leading to and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) research
  • Powertrain component testing and characterisation
  • Real world performance testing of bio-fuels

Technical Capability Support

The Hybrid Vehicle Team integrates the facilities equipment capabilities with technical support using a range of customised architecture simulation tools and cost analysis tool.

The suite of tools aid proof of concept and provide whole life costs and life time CO2 emissions data.


Vehicle Energy Testing

Key Contact:

Richard Seager
Business Development Manager

Business: Working with WMG

European Regional Development Fund