SEAT (a part of the Volkswagen Group) introduced greater than a €7 million ($8.2 million) funding in a brand new one-of-a-kind automotive battery laboratory in Spain.

It is known as the Take a look at Middle Power (TCE) and must be prepared in April 2021. The power will take an space of 1,500 m2 (at SEAT’s Martorell plant), which suggests it is nothing massive and shall be geared up in 1.3 MW of “testing capability”.

The Spanish model intends to make use of its personal laboratory to check new battery modules, packs, in addition to chargers and new automobiles (as much as six concurrently). That ought to assist to hurry up the event.

“There are additionally plans for a number of climatic chambers that can allow the batteries and modules to be examined underneath excessive thermal situations, simulating the completely different environments a automotive might expertise throughout its life cycle. It can additionally function a high-tech electronics lab to design and manufacture prototypes and construct interfaces for the check methods.”

“As well as, a workshop shall be arrange that’s particularly designed and geared up to hold out exams on electrified automobiles, with the capability to work concurrently with as much as six automobiles. This house shall be used to conduct numerous exams associated to the efficiency of the vitality system, useful security and integration of features. To this finish, synthetic imaginative and prescient methods shall be included into the instrumentation.”

Beforehand the corporate was utilizing a smaller lab (since 2010), with two climatic chambers and a check energy of 200 kW. Clearly, it was not fitted to the total commercialization of electrical automobiles that’s taking place proper now.

SEAT, along with its Cupra model, quickly ought to introduce a number of plug-in hybrid and all-electric fashions, together with the MEB-based ones, which could attain a very excessive quantity.