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Vehicle Energy Facility

This new state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain research facility provides un-rivalled capabilities and flexibility for the testing and characterisation of hybrid powertrains, components and control systems, supporting research on hybrid architectures, as well as conventional and pure electric vehicle powertrains.

The facility allows OEMs, suppliers and researchers accurate and repeatable assessment of existing and emerging technologies. It has been purpose-built for the whole spectrum of vehicle types from passenger car through to heavy duty applications.

It is a facility that can be used by both research groups and industrial partners to perform research on all aspects of hybrid powertrain development.

Key features include:

  • Unique synchronised dual dynamometer architecture
  • Supports EV, HEV and conventional IC engine powertrain testing
  • Full legislative and real-world/user-defined drive cycle capability
  • Multiple engine fuelling options: Gasoline, Diesel, Ethanol, and Special Bio-fuels
  • Full gaseous and particulate exhaust emissions measurement
  • High power vehicle battery simulation and battery cycling
  • Simulation platforms for early lifecycle development and testing of virtual components and/or control strategies
  • Robot driver
  • Multiphase power analyser