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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

FEV's US-based Vehicle Development Center offers sunshine on demand

The new solar loading system simulates natural sunlight in a precisely controlled laboratory setting. This capability is critical for evaluating the vehicle air conditioning systems' impact on hybrid and electric vehicles' full-electric range. It also plays a vital role in assessing emissions for vehicles with an internal combustion engine.

FEV now performs necessary regulatory tests with the upgraded infrastructure, including testing under U.S. regulations 40 CFR Part 1066. The added capabilities further entail the regulatory SC03 test cycle, which is part of the full five-cycle chassis dynamometer certification process for all light-duty and medium-duty vehicles, including EPA range certification for electric vehicles. Additionally, this upgrade now allows FEV to cover the full range from frigid arctic testing conditions to the sunny desert – all in a highly controlled setting in southeast Michigan.

The VDC, opened in 2019, provides full vehicle testing capabilities on a state-of-the-art 4WD chassis dynamometer. The Tests includes FWD, RWD, and AWD capabilities paired with the ability to test in -20°C through 40°C, sized for vehicles of up to 11,000 pounds. FEV can perform all global test cycles required by the respective regulatory agencies.

"We established the Vehicle Development Center to provide our customers with unique services, which include climatic capabilities paired with full emissions measurement and EPA 40 CFR Part 1066 for chassis dyno emissions certification."

said Patrick Hupperich, president and CEO of FEV North America. "Just as the vehicle industry continues to evolve, so do our capabilities. This solar simulation system is one example, and now we are proud to offer our customers a complete range of development and testing capabilities for battery electric vehicles, as well as hybrid and conventional vehicles."

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