Vehicle Dynamics Testbed: This R&D includes a chassis dynamometer for testing energy efficiency of fossil fueled, electric, and hybrid vehicles in various drive cycles. Other new technologies, such as advanced sensors or new exhaust technologies, can also be evaluated here. A 350 HP engine dynamometer is also available for testing fuel efficiency, emissions, or durability of large engines using diesel or alternative fuels. The engine dynamometer can also test natural gas fueled (and NG assisted) engines.
Equipment and capabilities include:
- A four-wheel-drive AC motored chassis dynamometer to evaluate the reliability and durability of hybrid and electric vehicle propulsion systems and drivetrains
- An engine dynamometer to evaluate the performance and durability of engines using different biofuels and blends, as well as evaluating methods for reducing engine emissions
- An electric vehicle propulsion lab for conducting research into viable and sustainable battery systems, configurations, and chemistries that can be used for electric or hybrid vehicle propulsion
- Performance and durability study of single battery cells compared to battery packs and full integrated battery systems