FEV expands its durability test centre in Germany with seven new test rigs for electric motors. The company is investing more than 13m euros in its facility and got 1.9m euros from the state.
The FEV Group is continuing its expansion of the durability test centre (Dauerlaufprüfzentrum – DLP) in Brehna, Saxony-Anhalt since it opened in 2007. With this fourth expansion, the DLP now includes seven test rigs designed for electric drives.
A total of more than 90 million euros will have been invested in this location upon completion of the latest expansion. The state of Saxony-Anhalt had granted 1.9 million euros for this occassion.
FEV claims the growing demand for electrified powertrains as reason for the expansion at the German facility. It follows a similar decision by FEV to grow its battery testing laboratory close to Paris, France (we reported).
The Paris location hosts four walk-in chambers to test big traction batteries, four battery-pack chambers with a test capacity of up to 1,200 V and up to 300 testing channels for battery cells and modules.
On a global scale, the group runs 40 high-tech development centres on four continents.
With regards to the DLP in Germany, Managing Directors, Steffen Kunz and Hans-Dieter Sonntag specified that “after this expansion, we will be operating a total of 48 test rigs in this region,” which will create jobs in turn.
In order to strengthen research and development in Saxony-Anhalt further, FEV joined the MAHREG Automotive Cluster, a network that bundles services from local automotive suppliers and promoting development partnerships.
In addition, FEV maintains various partnerships with universities in the region such as the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg. Together they are planning to open the “Center for Method Development” – a project that is also supported by the federal state government as well as the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG).