Mahle Powertrain opens state-of-the-art vehicle and battery testing facilities

MAHLE Powertrain has announced the completion of two new facilities in c, the result of an investment of £15 million (Rs 143 crore) over the past five years (including £3.6 million of government funding British). According to the company, this will provide much-needed testing capability as the automotive industry accelerates its transition to carbon-free propulsion.

The purpose-built facilities enable MAHLE Powertrain to support its customers in all aspects of development for the future of mobility, allowing vehicles, batteries and hydrogen technologies to be tested safely, even under the harshest environmental conditions. most extreme simulations. Amid unprecedented demand, the center was declared open for business by Andrew Lewer, MP for Northampton South.

Andrew Lewer and Simon Reader, Managing Director, MAHLE Powertrain.

“We are extremely proud of our new test facilities which complete our end-to-end development process,” said Simon Reader, Managing Director of MAHLE Powertrain. “As the industry accelerates the development of a new generation of vehicles that will offer carbon neutral solutions for the transport sector, this creates a huge demand for testing facilities. Our new center has been designed with both battery-powered and fuel-powered vehicles of the future and offers a range of capabilities almost unique in the world.

Andrew Lewer, MP for Northampton South, said: “I am delighted to be able to declare this important new facility open for business. MAHLE Powertrain’s investment recognizes the enormous wealth of engineering talent in this country, and this region in particular – a stone’s throw from the heart of British motorsport – with 160 skilled technicians and engineers already employed at the site.

The new Vehicle Development Center (VDC) allows manufacturers to test two- and four-wheel drive vehicles in a variety of conditions and circumstances, all without the need for a grueling schedule of international travel. The installation can replicate the conditions found in the coldest arctic climates and the hottest arid deserts, the humidity of a tropical rainforest or the pressure felt at the highest peaks. Additionally, the facility’s forward-thinking design allows testing of hydrogen technologies by monitoring and safely venting all escaping gases.

The creation of a new battery testing facility which, through collaboration with the National Grid, allows battery packs to be developed in-house and rigorously tested without wasting energy, returning it to the grid as far as possible, really completes the service offer to customers in the field. battery development.

The new Vehicle Development Center supports testing and verification of next-generation electric and hydrogen vehicles. The facility’s test chambers can accommodate two- and four-wheel drive vehicles tested at speeds of up to 155 mph / 248 km/h. Climatic conditions can be simulated from -40 degC to +60 degC with humidity ranging from 10% to 80%, while pressure control allows altitudes of up to 5,000 m (16,400 ft) to be simulated. Hydrogen fueled technologies can be rigorously tested in chambers that monitor and safely vent all escaping gases. The new battery test facility, meanwhile, with its own substation and dedicated connection to the national grid, has the capacity to test batteries up to 1 MW with full fire protection in the event of a runaway. thermal.

MAHLE Powertrain says it “is already attracting strong interest from car manufacturers around the world, keen to capitalize on the capabilities of the new facility and the company’s expertise in developing innovative solutions”.