Engineering, research and product testing firm Horiba Mira has this week opened its Advanced Battery Development Suite (ABDS), for the testing and development of batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The facility will enable the Nuneaton-based company to perform testing of full battery packs and battery pack components in both physical and simulation domains, it says, and follows a Â£2 million investment by the HORIBA Group.
The testing areas range from characterising cell behaviour, verifying software control algorithms and exercising both prototype and production battery packs. Horiba Mira will also be able to provide system level verification using ABDSâ€™ integrated Hardware In Loop (HiL) equipment and its EMC facilities, it has stated.
The 1,875 sq ft test centre is a dedicated facility for the testing and development of high voltage battery systems.
According to Horiba, the facility is capable of â€˜high resolution cell characterisationâ€™, as well as testing battery cells and modules through representative charge and discharge cycles at a wide range of temperatures to provide fully representative testing profiles.
The Development Suite provides unique levels of testing capability for the UK, with the ability to test battery packs at up to 600kW, Â±1200A and 1000V with â€˜ground-breaking resolutionâ€™, the company claims.
Declan Allen, Managing Director at Horiba Mira, said: â€œThis investment demonstrates Horiba Miraâ€™s commitment to reducing vehicle emissions and strengthens the businessâ€™ battery and electric vehicle engineering and testing capabilities.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve worked with many of the leading global manufacturers and automotive suppliers over the past 70 years and this investment will enable us to deliver essential testing to support manufacturers and automotive suppliers in developing hybrid and battery systems.â€