Berlin-based engineering specialist IAV has developed a mobile high-voltage test bench which it now offers either as a product or as a service. Several German vehicle manufacturers are already using the system, called IAV Auros, in their projects and test facilities, the company reports.
The mobile test bench on the scale of a compact showcase weighs 250 kilograms and, according to IAV, is significantly less expensive to purchase and operate than conventional and stationary test facilities while offering the same scope of services. IAV does not, however, specify a concrete price in an accompanying press release. The Berlin-based engineering service provider operates a test center for electromobility in Chemnitz/Stollberg. "The know-how gained from thousands of hours of testing at our site and the feedback from our customers has been incorporated into IAV Auros - our first stand-alone product in this field," says Erik Schneider, Head of the E-Traction & Hybrid Systems division at IAV.
IAV estimates that the demand for test benches for e-cars is high. "Due to the high demand, test bench times are rare and relatively expensive. With IAV Auros, we are resolving this tension and creating urgently needed capacities," the company says. The solution is powerful, mobile and can be used flexibly; it is also suitable for international tests and trials and can be integrated into practically all rooms that have a voltage supply of 63 amps. Specifically, the mobile test bench can control and monitor one or two electric motors in so-called back-to-back operation, as well as electrical components and systems such as onboard chargers and e-turbochargers. "In conjunction with IAV Auros, these tests can also be completed on test benches for climate, environmental and service life testing that previously had no voltage supply for electromobility components," IAV says. Specially developed software allows the specification of all
With more than 8,000 employees, IAV is one of the major engineering service providers in the automotive industry. Headquartered in Berlin, the company generated sales of more than €1 billion in 2019. According to the company, its clients include "all well-known automotive manufacturers and suppliers." In addition to development centers in Berlin, Gifhorn and Chemnitz/Stollberg, IAV has other German locations in Munich, Sindelfingen and Ingolstadt, among others.iav.com