Systems Integrator Supports Automotive Manufacturers’ New Testing Requirements as Industry Transitions to Electric Vehicles

November 1, 2023 - Author: Scott Hoselton - President, Chris Arnold - Managing Director, ACS Michigan

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Systems Integration Specialist Supports Transitions to Electric Vehicle Industry

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How a Systems Integration Specialist Can Assist in Providing EV Solutions

The ongoing transition from Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) represents a profound shift in the automotive industry, one that has far-reaching implications for the U.S. supply chain. As this transition gains momentum, the entire ecosystem of automotive components, systems, and services will be continually impacted. This dynamic shift in the industry creates a compelling opportunity for entities specializing in testing services and systems integration, such as ACS.

The significance of testing within the product development cycle is pivotal, especially in automotive manufacturing. It represents a critical point where the performance, reliability, and safety of a product are rigorously assessed. The process of testing requires a commitment to adhering to stringent safety protocols, whether it takes place within controlled test environments or during actual real-world vehicle operations.

In an interview with Design-2-Part Magazine, Chris Arnold, Managing Director at ACS’ Michigan office, said “In order for them [automotive manufacturers] to get product to market sooner, they’ve got to go through that validation process. The marketplace as a whole is challenged by crazy lead times right now, not just in our market, but everywhere.”

In the article published by Design-2-Part Magazine, “Systems Integrator Supports Automotive Manufacturers’ New Testing Requirements as Industry Transitions to Electric Vehicles,” Chris Arnold and ACS President Scott Hoselton discuss the importance of systems integration, and how a systems integration specialist can help your organization in achieving EV solutions. Check out the full article to learn about:

  • The services ACS provides in the electric vehicle industry, and the increasing demand for them in the automotive industry
  • Automakers’ biggest needs that testing equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and providers of testing services can help them with
  • New components, parts, and systems that now need to be tested with the transition to EVs
  • New components in electric vehicles that are not in gas powered vehicles
  • How much of today’s EV testing is done in-house by OEMs, versus being outsourced to providers of testing services
  • The focus on servicing OEMs with established facilities, while also collaborating with companies in the process of constructing new facilities
  • How new product development is affecting automotive testing requirements
  • The biggest challenges ACS experiences in meeting the needs of companies who are looking to test in the automotive industry

“We are working with our customers to create the highest level of flexibility, as well as maximizing the utilization of equipment within the test cells. The number of variants of test articles requires your test facility to be super nimble. We are trying to create test cells that pack a lot of capability into a single test cell, rather than having several test cells, each with a unique capability,” Chris Arnold added.

There are several key considerations when converting traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) powertrain testing facilities to test e-mobility products. The demand for expertise in testing and validating the new generation of electric vehicle components and systems is on the rise, and systems integration companies like ACS are well-positioned to play a pivotal role in providing EV solutions.

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