Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center

Allison’s Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center (VE+ET) offers a wide range of vehicle electrification testing services to help customers get to market faster. The VE+ET offers time and money saving testing capabilities by simulating battery and environmental conditions all under one roof. No longer are costly road trips to the mountains or desert required to test regionally specific conditions, all at the mercy of mother nature. The VE+ET can consistently replicate a wide range of situations reducing overall product development time and budget requirements.

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Types of Tests


  • Electric + Hybrid + H2 Fuel Cell

  • Environmental Control

  • Motoring Dynamometers

  • Thermal Testing

  • Emissions

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Electric + Hybrid + H2 Fuel Cell

  • Constant DC Power Supply
    • Provides longer testing periods without the need to stop and recharge, leading to getting more done in a shorter timeframe
    • Battery emulation
    • Direct energy connection
    • Controlled State of Charge (SOC)
  • Fast Charging
    • Enables more tests per day and more data to evolve products for production
    • High-speed 150kW charger
    • Combined Charging System (CCS1) & CHAdeMO (liquid cooled)
    • Multiple charging systems
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Environmental Control

  • Removes the uncertainty of mother nature through controlled, repeatable testing conditions
    • Wide range of sustained conditions (temperature range of -54 to +125 °F)
    • Replicate all variables from temperature, humidity and more
    • Replicate altitudes of up to 18,000 ft.
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Motoring Dynamometers

  • Eliminates the need to have road approved vehicles to complete testing reducing project investments
    • Two Heavy-duty AWD Dynamometers
    • Capable of vehicle load simulations of 4000 – 82,000 lbs.
    • Up to +/- 30 degree road grade
    • Regenerative brake testing for mechanical and electrical development
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Thermal Testing

  • Provides testing of specific situations in a controlled environment reducing risk and saving time
  • Radiant heaters/lights to generate additional heat when required
  • Lighting is used for radiant solar simulation for HVAC testing on or off dyne
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Emissions

  • EPA 40 CFR Part 1066 Compliant Testing
  • Two Raw Sampling Measurement, Compliant to 4km (13k ft) elevation

Secure + Confidential

The VE+ET’s highly controlled environment enables an enhanced level of virtual product development, driving lower costs. Results from the VE+ET are ideal for developing sophisticated, highly correlated simulations and models so design decisions happen early in the cycle, before prototype hardware investments.

 

The VE+ET is secured, operated and managed independently from Allison Transmission, Inc. keeping customer IP, data and property secure and confidential.

Contact Us

To get your vehicle to market quickly, you need repeatable, reliable and seasonally independent vehicle testing. You can get it all in one location at the VE+ET. Get a head start by contacting us below.

 

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FAQs

Can I use your cold and hot testing chambers even if my product is not a vehicle?
Yes.  While the VE+ET was designed to enable vehicle development and testing, our cold environment and hot environment soak chambers can accommodate non-vehicle products.  Please contact us to discuss your unique needs determine how the capabilities of the VE+ET can provide a solution.
Can I get my test data live, if I send the vehicle for you to perform my testing?
Yes.  While we look forward to collaborating with your teams on-site at the VE+ET,  the VE+ET has live collaboration capabilities that enable our customers to participate in testing from remote locations; saving our customers the cost of entire engineering teams traveling to the test site. 
Can I test hot and cold on the dyne with altitude?
Yes.  The VE+ET’s altitude capability is fully operational across the range of our dyne chamber’s hot environment and cold environment capabilities.
Am I only able to perform cold starts? How long until the test cell heats up when running?

Not at all. The chamber will maintain ambient temperatures (-50°C < +50°C) continuously as you run your vehicle under heavy loads. This also includes humidity control. The altitude conditions will also be held under heavy power from sea level to 5km of elevation (-40°C < +70°C inlet temperatures).

Can I send my vehicles to the VE+ET for testing without any of my own support staff?

We are equipped to perform your testing based on test plans and hardware alone. A technical review will be had for each of these milestones:

  • During the quoting process
  • Kick-off meeting after PO awarded and scheduled
  • Test setup confirmation (if needed)
  • Post process data analysis
How do I know my information will not be shared within Allison or other competitors?

Allison Transmission has separately secured data systems, management systems, and sales systems for the VE+ET. Allison Transmission is even considered an outside customer to AIS.

Can I perform my own testing at your facility?

We will operate the following services:

  • Test vehicle moving, test preparation, and maintenance
  • Test vehicle driving on/off dyno
  • Engineering support

The customer is allowed to do the following:

  • Test vehicle preparation and maintenance
  • Customers can ride in the vehicle while our techs drive.
  • Engineering support
How much will the facility be available to the market?

The facility’s use is intended for roughly 50% Allison work and 50% non-Allison work (available to the market).