TÜV SÜD opens new emission testing centre in Germany


After two years of construction and a total investment of more than 20 million euros, TÜV SÜD opened the new Centre for Mobility and Powertrains near Stuttgart today. Besides combustion engines, they also offer emission testing for hybrid and electric vehicles there.

“The new test facility offers all the types of emissions tests required for type approval on all international markets,” says TÜV SÜD. The testing institute adds that the new centre doubles its testing capacity for the “mobility of tomorrow”. Said emphasis is further stressed by Patrick Fruth, CEO of the Mobility Division at TÜV SÜD: “As an industry partner, we provide support to the national and international automotive industry plus dedicated assistance with the transition from conventional drive systems to hybrid-electric and electric vehicles.”

Spanning 23,000 square metres, the building has six test stands. According to TÜV SÜD, this makes it “the largest independent laboratory of its kind in Europe”. The aim is to carry out 25,000 emission tests per year.

The testing portfolio covers scenarios for type approvals according to international standards and regulations and conformity of production (CoP) testing as well as tests within the scope of vehicle development, the service company explains. TÜV SÜD wants to be a “central point of contact” for carmakers seeking approval of their vehicles in all relevant access markets. To address a broad clientele as an independent technical service, TÜV SÜD has also set up a special testing level for commercial vehicles and shielded areas for prototypes.

To test the various powertrains, they use dynamometers to test energy carriers of different types and promise tests for environmental compatibility. TÜV SÜD here claims transparency by using a CO2 equivalent. Taking HEV as an example, the vehicle’s electricity consumption is converted to a CO2 equivalent and included in the result. CO2 emissions, in turn, increase proportionately to fuel consumption. Taking this as the basis for their calculations, the experts add up fuel consumption, according to the company.

TÜV SÜD will also link the new service centre to the existing lab facilities on site. Heimsheim will also coordinate the emissions laboratory network with the Pfungstadt sites at the subsidiary TÜV Hessen and in Roztoky in the Czech Republic.

Also good to know: The German engineering services provider IAV is constructing a new EMC test centre at the same site, in Heimsheim. IAV said the new centre is their response to the automotive industry’s demand for measuring and testing capacities for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).


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