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Test Facility Electric Vehicle Trends

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions


We’re planning to retrofit ICE test chambers for EV testing. Can we do the retrofit while keeping the space flexible to convert back to ICE testing if necessary?

Most likely, but it’s important to assess the state of the ICE testing infrastructure. In many older buildings, the ICE infrastructure testing systems may already be aging. In that case, the sound investment may be to upgrade essential components, like fuel delivery, during the EV retrofit. This approach will provide greater flexibility to revert back to ICE testing quickly and at a lower cost in the future.

How can we ensure the safety and reliability of a testing environment that goes from combustion to electric battery testing, while making it efficient to revert back to ICE testing?

To the degree possible, you don’t want to rip out reliable safety systems already in place, but modify them to address particular hazards of EV testing. Existing gas detection infrastructure could possibly remain in place if it’s not due soon for an upgrade. The emergency stop and line of sight disconnects for rotating equipment requirements are similar in both an ICE and electrified test stand, so those could likely remain.

What are the potential cost implications of retrofitting our facility for EV testing while retaining ICE testing capabilities?

The potential cost implications will vary depending on the current state of the space and the complexity of the retrofit. Some of the factors include equipment upgrades and safety upgrades to address the different hazards of EV testing.

Budgeting and Planning

How can we ensure that our facility remains adaptable to evolving EV testing requirements without over-committing resources?

By implementing modular and scalable solutions within your facility design, you can maintain adaptability to evolving EV testing requirements without overspending during the initial construction. For example, using a modular design for key systems like electrical distribution and cooling can allow easier, low-cost upgrades down the line. With thorough upfront planning, you can identify where to make strategic, future-proof investments versus stopgap solutions.

What measures can be taken to ensure that the equipment specified and designed during the initial phase remains relevant and effective until project completion?

When it comes to ensuring the test equipment specified remains relevant through project completion, an experienced integrator offers a valuable outside perspective. If you typically use certain manufacturers, the integrator can provide insights into alternative options worth considering. This allows you to make fully informed decisions about implementing the latest proven technologies, rather than defaulting to legacy systems. At ACS, we work with a wide range of test technologies and vendors that can help future-proof your investment from the outset.

How can we balance the need for innovation and adaptability in our testing systems with the requirement for reliability and stability throughout the test stands lifecycle?

When you involve multiple stakeholders in the planning phase of a test facility renovation project, you’ll get a broad perspective on what’s currently feasible and what future goals may need to get accommodated. The stakeholders should include leaders from a range of relevant disciplines and departments across the business.