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AVL Opens Battery-Testing Lab in Shanghai

Published: October 6, 2010; 13:24 · (Vindobona)

With the opening of its battery laboratory at AVL Shanghai Tech Center in China, the company has taken a further visible step on the path toward powertrain electrification in the area of battery development.

AVL Opens Battery-Testing Lab in Shanghai / Picture: © AVL

For the Chinese market and Chinese manufacturers, hybrid and electric vehicles are playing an increasingly significant role. This circumstance is also reflected in the changing demands on providers of engineering services such as AVL. With the opening of the battery-testing laboratory in Shanghai, the company is increasingly directing its focus on the area of battery development and optimization in an effort to meet the current trend. From now on, any services involving powertrain electrification are provided directly and on-site.

Since 2003, the Shanghai location has primarily been offering conventional development services relating to powertrain optimization. The opening of the battery-testing lab is thus a valuable addition to the range of services offered by the Shanghai Tech Center and meets its customers’ requests for an expansion of the local engineering capabilities.

Besides having battery-testing equipment, the battery laboratory is also equipped with battery simulators and the automation systems to go with them. As a result, AVL in China is now able to offer testing and benchmarking services for batteries in the same superior manner as it develops testing equipment and testing methods.

AVL has been engaged in successful business activities in China for more than three decades. The first project with a Chinese customer started in 1974 and in 1987 the first AVL office opened in Beijing. At present, AVL in China has around 250 employees.

About AVL

AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engines, transmissions, electric motors, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. As of 2009, the high-tech company AVL had 4,300 employees worldwide and annual sales of EUR 590 million.