EXPO NEWS | Day 2: MAE Engineering helps developers with testing alternative forms of propulsion

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To meet the ever-changing demands of the automotive industry, Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) is speaking with visitors at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2023 about its extensive range of entirely bespoke testing and measurement systems.

“Right now, we’re doing a lot of end-of-line quality audit testing equipment; that’s been a big part of our business over the last several years,” said the company’s sales manager, Michael Caldwell. “Obviously there has been a lot of money injected into the e-mobility space; we have been working with Tesla, Rivian and Lordstown Motors to supply them with R&D test benches for powertrain and chassis.”

Discussing the main challenges that MAE is helping its customers overcome, Caldwell explained, “It’s an ever-evolving landscape right now. Most of it revolves around different mobility solutions as an alternative to automotive petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. The vast majority are plug-in battery-electric applications, such as passenger cars, buses, class 8 trucks for on-highway.”

He continued, “Obviously there are hydrogen solutions, but what we’re seeing is a shift away from your traditional research and development from concept to market for an ICE and what that looks like, and all the various stages that are included in that for an electric vehicle – completely different power approaches.”

Due to the growing number of plug-in electric vehicles on the road, more and more companies are also approaching MAE for the testing of e-axles.

“We’re still testing power, torque and efficiency – all the things we did with ICE engines – so it’s applying a lot of the same principles; it’s just the hardware that is different,” concluded Caldwell.

Find out more at Booth 1158, and read more about MAE here

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