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AVL Enhances Basildon Engineering Centre for Hydrogen and Battery E-Mobility Projects

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The recently established Electrification Lab facilitates both mechanical and electrical tasks, offering the capability to perform

The recently established Electrification Lab facilitates both mechanical and electrical tasks, offering the capability to perform pre-verification battery commissioning checks. This enhances confidence in the seamless testing process of the battery. Partly funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) through the collaborative research and development project ‘ASTIR’, the Electrification Lab has enabled the construction and commissioning of an 800V early concept high-performance battery, marking the first completion in the new facilities.

Alongside new battery facilities, the creation of the H2 Cube, a compliant containment vehicle workshop with space for three vehicles, provides a safe space for hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) and fuel cell work, facilitating build, maintenance, and conversions to hydrogen vehicles. The H2 Cube is also equipped to undertake fuel cell and tank installation, integration of battery and H2 commissioning, including low-pressure hydrogen fills.

The renovated facilities signify AVL’s commitment to new and developing technologies, with additional enhancements planned to allow for further early testing prior to subsequent trials.

Dr. Bernadette Longridge, Engineering Centre Manager, AVL Powertrain UK Ltd: “The upgrade of our facilities allows us to further grow our in-house capabilities for battery, hydrogen and hydrogen PEM fuel cells whilst expanding our technological footprint. We are focused on supporting our customers in a front-loading approach, capturing issues earlier, and offering efficient project delivery. Our overall aim with the refurbishment of the facilities is to enable us to fully support our customers and the transition to e-mobility.”

SOURCE: AVL

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