Millbrook will showcase its latest developments in testing and validating the next generation of electrified powertrains at this year’s Automotive Testing Expo Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, 21-23 May. Located on stand 8140, Millbrook will be showcasing its facilities in the UK and USA, which help automotive engineers to test the performance and durability of electric and hybrid powertrains.
Specialising in electric vehicle (EV) powertrain, US-based Millbrook Revolutionary Engineering (Millbrook RE) has recently announced that it will introduce new facilities in California in a response to its customers’ growing requirements. The new facility will enable customers to perform complex integration testing and validation of EV powertrain components, full powertrains and complete vehicles. It also offers battery simulators rated up to 1,100V, 1,200A and 320kW (continuous) and high-speed motors rated up to 20,000rpm. Millbrook RE has been part of Millbrook for just 12 months and has doubled the output of its Detroit facility in that time.
In the UK, Millbrook’s facilities allow engineers to increase the rate at which they can develop electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains. It performs comprehensive integration testing of propulsion components in a simulated laboratory environment on its brand new 4WD Powertrain Test System. The facility can replicate a powertrain’s lifecycle to test durability and simulate repeatable real world driving conditions, potentially saving time in development for Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests. Millbrook also performs a wide range of performance and durability tests on Electric Drive Units (EDUs) and their components.
Millbrook offers comprehensive battery performance and durability test capabilities that are among the most advanced in Europe. Engineers are able to cycle complete automotive battery packs rated up to 1,100V, 2,100A and 750kW (continuous) at temperatures from -40°C to 90°C, and to simulate rapid changes in temperature during the cycle. Millbrook’s test experts can determine the performance of battery modules and packs during crash events or other battery abuse test scenarios, including overcharge, thermal shock, fire and mechanical crush.
Alex Burns, President of Millbrook, said: “The increased pace in development of electric and ultra-low emissions vehicles is a truly global phenomenon. Vehicle and component manufacturers across the world are working hard to improve electrified powertrains. As one of the world’s leading vehicle test and development service providers, it is important that our offering reflects the growing demand from our customers. This is why we are excited to showcase our full e-mobility offering at this year’s Automotive Testing Expo Europe.”
Millbrook’s e-mobility experts will be on hand to discuss engineers’ test requirements throughout Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2019. Millbrook will also use the Expo as an opportunity to give customers and media an update on its fast-developing Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) test capabilities, its 5G-enabled, private mobile network at Millbrook Proving Ground and its cold-weather, indoor vehicle test facilities in Finland.
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