Horiba highlights electrification capabilities

By Mike Brezonick29 April 2021

Horiba test cell A fuel cell stack undergoes evaluation with Horiba test cell equipment.

Global test and engineering specialist Horiba Automotive has announced its electrification offering to the transportation industry, which highlight solutions for the different stages of vehicle development and evaluation. Solutions are available for the full range of vehicle types, from light- to heavy-duty vehicles and off-highway equipment, the company said.

With the addition of electrified vehicle testing solutions, Horiba said it has extended its existing global expertise and experience in emissions to now include electrification for the rapidly transitioning vehicle industry.

Horiba said its electrification offering serves all relevant stages of research, development, validation, certification and end-of-line verification covering material characterization, component, system and vehicle for all varieties of e-powertrains including those with batteries, fuel cells and hybrid architectures. The total solution ranges from single component testing to turnkey testing solutions and includes consulting and other services throughout the total vehicle development process.

“As the vehicle industry continues to transition, we have developed applications that allow our customers to build a solution that meets their vehicle development strategy,” said Axel Waldhelm, global business manager Electrification & Global Applications. “We understand the regulatory and consumer requirements for cleaner and reliable transportation and are partnering with our customers to meet R&D challenges of future mobility. Having built a global reputation as a leader in the provision of solutions for conventional powertrain development and certification, our attention has moved to e-powertrain where we intend to repeat our success.”

Horiba said it is in a unique position to integrate scientific expertise from a range of industries to offer a solution based on customer needs. These solutions range across the different stages of the vehicle development and evaluation process including:

- Material characterization: Analysis of batteries and fuel cells on a material level, accessing such factors as degradation, abrasion and chemical reactions

- Components: Testing and characterization of electric motors and transmissions, testing of batteries and fuel cells, with solutions for testing batteries from cell to module to pack and fuel cells from cell to stack.

-Systems: Testing electrified powertrains in various vehicle architectures including battery-electric, fuel cell-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

- Complete vehicles: Testing the complete vehicle in the laboratory or on the road.

Horiba said its complete solution for electrified vehicles includes a diverse mix of highly precise analytical equipment, chassis and powertrain testing dynamometers, electrification-specific solutions from Horiba FuelCon and consultancy and validation capability from Horiba Mira.


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