Allison Transmission announced the official opening of the Vehicle Environment Test Center, which will take place on July 8. The 60,000 square-foot building will house two environmental chambers capable of simulating a broad range of environmental conditions and duty cycles, including temperature extremes, grades, altitudes and other on-road conditions.
The Vehicle Environment Test Center for on- and off-highway applications
By utilizing the Vehicle Environment Test Center, Allison and the OEM partners will be able to accelerate development and validation of conventional powertrains, alternative fuel vehicles, electric hybrid vehicles and fully electric vehicles for all aspects of performance, including emissions and fuel economy. The Center is capable of accommodating most commercial on- and off-highway and wheeled defense vehicle applications.
The investment in next generation innovation aims to break the seasonal dependency of the product development cycle. It eliminates Mother Nature and other variations in fuel economy and performance testing by providing vehicle-level controlled laboratory conditions. The Center, in fact, can simulate any temperature, any road and any location, on any day all in one location. But the real payoff is taking the reliable and repeatable data produced in the VET and driving those correlations back into models and simulations to create more sophisticated virtual product development.
According to Randy Kirk…
«Allison’s long history of innovation continues to be written as we move into the future with our enhanced testing and advanced product development capabilities at our new test center», commented Randy Kirk, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering and Program Management at Allison Transmission.