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Austin Consultants has agreed a contract to provide the Control and Data Acquisition System for five new Electric Vehicle (EV) powertrain test cells, including a complete four-wheel drive full vehicle climatic test chamber, electric axle module test rigs, three state-of-the-art eMotor dyno rigs operating at speeds up to 27,000rpm, and several specialist e-machine development rigs.

The new test cells are part of The New European Centre of Excellence for High Voltage EV Propulsion Systems Testing being developed in Milton Keynes by Intertek, a leading global Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. 

With the rapid advances in electrification technologies in the automotive industry and the accelerated global adoption of Electric Vehicles, the UK EV powertrain test market demand is forecast to double by 2021 and is already far in of excess current capacity. The additional capacity and capabilities offered by the new test facility will significantly enhance Intertek’s offering for customers in the automotive sector and place the company at the forefront of the industry for electric vehicle (EV) powertrain testing capabilities.

Austin Consultants are delivering the system with PROVENTIA Test Solutions, a technology company based in Oulu, Finland, who have been awarded the contract to deliver the new test cells infrastructure in a modular way.

Chris Thoroughgood, Head of Systems at Austin Consultants said, ‘The drive for automotive electrification is creating significant opportunities and challenges for the automotive industry, system integrators, and test providers alike. The rapid rate of development is driving demand for new test systems and architectures that offer a much more flexible, modular approach and are quick and easy to deploy, configure and integrate. We’re delighted that our Control and Data Acquisition EV Test Platform has been selected as part of this exciting project.’