FEV begins operations at battery test center

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FEV has begun operations at the world’s largest test center for high voltage batteries for passenger and commercial vehicles.

The provider of vehicle and powertrain development for hardware and software will finalize the commissioning of the development and test center in the third quarter of 2020.

The 12,000m complex in Sandersdorf-Brehna, Germany, contains facilities for electrical testing of modules and complete high-voltage batteries.

It includes a test chamber volume of 600m, distributed over 54 climatic chambers within an electrical output of 30,000kW.

Systems for validating all international environmental and mechanical tests, as well as four bunkers, will be installed.

A fire hall for abuse tests along with an associated disassembly and diagnosis workshop will add to services on offer.

Professor Stefan Pischinger, president and CEO of FEV Group, said, “This strategic investment will enable us to offer our customers a globally unique development service for passenger and commercial vehicles at one location. All common test methods for batteries are covered – in life expectancy, environmental and transport tests, as well as crash safety for cells, modules and packs.”

The roof of the facility is covered by photovoltaic panels with an output capacity of over 900kWp to provide energy to test components.

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