ACS Session at NI Automotive Exchange -Planning and Integrating EV Test Cell Projects

November 23, 2020

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electric vehicle testing equipment

In a Q&A format, ACS panelists discuss how to implement best practices when planning, designing, and building electrical vehicle (EV) testing equipment and test capabilities into a facility to get the best return on investment.

The session includes strategies for development of technical requirements, identifying common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and how to get better clarification of technical capabilities needed for each application.

Here are the questions and topics addressed in this session:

Developing Technical Requirements – The Planning Process
How does ACS engage with a customer that has undefined/unclear requirements? What does the customer receive?

  • Technical requirements – What are the most common pitfalls and how are they avoided?
  • Technical capabilities – How do you incorporate customer requirements? (for example, high power requirements, mechanical fixturing, safety, etc.)

Future Proofing
Can you provide commentary on future EV Device Under Test (DUT) trends (i.e. 800V+ architecture, different motor types, dyno speeds, etc.) and how to build to accommodate integration of different DUTs, infinite suppliers of test equipment, planning for retrofits, upgrades, and future capabilities?

Specifying EV Testing Equipment for Test Cells and Facilities
What are the challenges working with customers that offer a seemingly endless variety of products? Is there common ground to testing multiple parts of the powertrain? Can you comment on the following?

  • DUTS: E-axle, E-motor, battery, etc.
  • Common test approaches
  • Software platforms
  • Simulation

Test Cell Needs of the Future – Are you seeing any common trends related to defining the future requirements of EV test cells and EV testing equipment?

  • How do you plan for undefined government regulations? (i.e. US DOT, NITS, etc.)
  • Distributed systems?
  • Motor and drive trends?

The session ended with a lively discussion about the future of testing in this growing segment including government regulations, distributed systems, and motor and drive trends.

Thank you, NI – for the opportunity to participate.
Our panelists, Chris Arnold, Darryn La Zar, Matt Thiel are moderated by Nate Holmes, NI Principal EV Offering Manager

Planning and Integrating EV Test Cell Projects – NI Automotive Exchange On-Demand Session

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