Allison Transmission Announces Opening of New Vehicle Environmental Test Center at the NTEA Work Truck Show
Specifically, the Center will house a hot soak chamber, a cold soak chamber and two chassis dyne-equipped environmental chambers. The capabilities include temperature extremes from -54 degrees to 125 degrees Fahrenheit and altitude up to 18,000 feet, grades and other on-road conditions. By utilizing this test center, Allison and our OEM partners will be able to accelerate development and validation of conventional powertrains, alternative fuel vehicles, electric hybrid vehicles and fully electric vehicles for all aspects of performance—including emissions and fuel economy. The Center is capable of accommodating most commercial on- and off-highway and wheeled defense vehicle applications.
This investment in next generation innovation pays off immediately because the VET breaks the seasonal dependency of the product development cycle. It eliminates Mother Nature and other variations in fuel economy and performance testing by providing vehicle-level controlled laboratory conditions. The Center can simulate any temperature, any road and any location, on any day all in one location. But the real payoff is taking the reliable and repeatable data produced in the VET and driving those correlations back into models and simulations to create more sophisticated virtual product development. The VET is the solution for product development process innovation.
As the only one of its kind in the Midwest, the VET will enable Allison and our OEM partners to bring new technology and products to market faster and more efficiently. When not in use by Allison, the Center will be available to external parties to support their testing and certification needs. All testing is conducted in a manner ensuring customer data is secure and confidential.
“Allison’s long history of innovation continues to be written as we move into the future with our enhanced testing and advanced product development capabilities at our new test center,” said
As our industry continues to evolve, Allison Transmission’s investments in core product development and innovation underscore our commitment to remain a leader in propulsion solutions across all the end markets we serve.
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