Advanced battery test and development facility

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A new facility to open later this year will meet expected requirements for development and testing battery packs for hybrid and electric vehicles.

HORIBA MIRA is enhancing its test and engineering capabilities with a dedicated Advanced Battery Development Suite. Representing £2m of investment by the HORIBA Group into HORIBA MIRA’s engineering capabilities, the suite will provide test and development services for battery packs and other components for hybrid and electric vehicles.

The facility will enable HORIBA MIRA to complete battery pack testing, simulated battery pack testing, integration testing and development of powertrain and battery packs at system level including EMC characterisation.

Construction on the 2000 sq ft test centre begins this month and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. It will be capable of high resolution cell characterisation as well as testing battery modules and packs through representative charge and discharge cycles at a wide range of temperatures to provide full representative testing profiles.

Having an ability to test battery packs of up to 600kW, 1200A and 1000V, this latest addition to HORIBA MIRA’s extensive automotive test, engineering and development facilities will provide unique levels of testing capability within the UK.

Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at HORIBA MIRA, said: “By 2020, 26 per cent of vehicles across the globe will have an electrified powertrain. The increase in electric and hybrid vehicles demands improved test facilities, which can keep pace with the changing requirements for battery range and thermodynamic efficiency – which is exactly why we’re developing the Advanced Battery Development Suite.

“This investment, in addition to the recent launch of our Advanced Emissions Testing Centre, which is already performing incredibly well, demonstrates HORIBA MIRA’s commitment to reducing vehicle emissions through improved testing facilities and expertise, and we look forward to officially opening our new battery suite towards the end of the year.”

This latest investment follows on the heels of a £0.5m investment earlier this year on a range of High Voltage EMC testing products to support the latest developments in plug-in vehicle technology. The Advanced Battery Development Suite also complements an existing battery validation test facility, which is located at HORIBA MIRA’s Quatro Park facility, based near Basildon in Essex.

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