AVL List has opened their Battery Lab again after remodeling the facility for eleven months. It now offers 700 m² of space for modern testing facilities for electric and thermic batteries up to 750 kW and 1,200 V.
The building contains eight testing rooms after the upgrade, which produce constant temperatures from 8o to -40 degrees Celsius, and simulate between 3% and 97% humidity. For the upgrade, the Graz facility was fitted with additional testing capacities, as well as a size-upgrade, so that large batteries from electric buses and trucks could be tested. For this purpose, larger doors and thermal chambers were installed. In the eyes of AVL boss Helmut List, the opening of the Battery Lab is a milestone for the company. He stated that the company is now ready to deal with the increasingly electrified mobility world: “The opening of the AVL Battery Lab is a milestone in the further electrification of the powertrain at AVL. Now we are capable of meeting the customers’ constantly increasing requirements with high-precision measurements within shorter testing times.” The investment cost about 14 million euros.
AVL List is somewhat of a “dinosaur” in their branch – in the 1990’s, the company developed their first hybrid vehicle. In the last decade, they increasingly specialized towards lithium batteries. In 2023, the Austrians developed what they consider the first 800 V electric vehicle, named the ACL CoupE. For the validation o corresponding batteries, the company set up their first four battery testing facilities in 2010.
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