Intertek is providing the first previews of its new Global EV Centre of Excellence for E-Powertrain test and development at the CENEX LCV event today and tomorrow in Millbrook, Bedfordshire.
Custom built for next-generation electric powertrains and electric / electrified vehicles, the new Centre in Leicester will be the only commercially available facility in the UK that offers research-quality test technologies for each of the major electrification systems as well as whole vehicles.
“The new Global EV Centre of Excellence is the result of a two-year study alongside vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to understand their technology roadmaps,” states Intertek Transportation Technologies’ Business Line Director David Meek.
“Instead of starting by drawing up a list of test machines, we began by asking our customers about the information they need to make better design decisions.”
Intertek’s automotive capability ranges from investigating the durability of components such as batteries and motors through to delivering an understanding of new areas such as electromagnetic interactions at very high motor speeds. The new EV Centre of Excellence will be the only commercially available facility in the UK that can accommodate each of the main electrification systems, all at next-generation specifications, alongside whole-vehicle EV, PHEV and HEV facilities.
To provide a flavour of the new Centre’s capabilities, Meek disclosed that even the initial phase of motor test system will be able to accommodate shaft speeds up to 27,000 RPM, with a Power Electronics capability up to 1,100 V.
“But as EV system performance increases, delivering accurate test results becomes far more complex than simply developing cutting-edge test technologies,” warns Meek.
“Our research programmes have helped us understand the complex interactions that affect the performance of electrification systems, allowing Intertek to deliver a quality of data that cuts time, cost and risk out of our customers’ R&D programmes.”