FEV has been active in the Chinese market for 25 years now. During this time, we have established strong ties to the local automotive industry, the government, and the universities located there.
Due to the increase in powertrain localization and the handling of projects on site, FEV’s first Chinese company was founded in Dalian in 2004. This location gradually expanded and now has 13 engine test benches. Around-the-clock operations provide clients with quick and dependable results for developing engines with “Made in Germany” quality. Another FEV branch was founded in Beijing in 2006, which was the home of the sales and project management teams, and offered CAD and CAE services. Two years later, a third location opened in Shanghai. This engineering office works on conventional and electric powertrains among other things.
The company saw further expansion in June 2016 with the FEV Beijing Vehicle Development Center. This ultra-modern center near the Beijing International Airport is located in one of China’s automobile powerhouses. As a result, FEV can provide its clients with even better on-site support in product development for high-efficiency combustion and electric engines, transmissions, electric power systems, batteries, and fuel cells with a goal of improving air quality and energy efficiency.
With this goal, the center’s 10,000 m2 building not only includes seven development test benches for light and heavy engines, but also a battery test bench and electric power systems test bench that can also be used for transmission testing. The facility also has charging stations for electric vehicles and a filling station with various fuel tanks.
In the next few years, the percentage of electric vehicles will rise sharply in the People’s Republic of China. For this reason, additional stages of construction are already being planned for the development and testing of electric powertrains and their integration in vehicles. Thanks to the functionally arranged basic structures and the modular design of the FEV building and central technical systems, this construction can be extended as needed.
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FEV’s durability testing center (Dauerlaufprüfzentrum – DLP) in Sandersdorf-Brehna (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) is one of the most modern and efficient facilities of its kind in the world. Since its opening in 2007, the facility has displayed impressive growth.
The DLP is currently in its fourth stage of expansion and with a growing demand for electrified powertrains, FEV is adding seven e-drive system test beds. This equipment will be used for vehicle drive testing, including a comprehensive testing program for validation and release for production start, and increases the total number of test benches from 41 to 48.
The test benches operate 24/7, 365 days per year, and were designed and developed by FEV’s Software and Testing Solutions division and in close collaboration with our various engineering areas.
The growth in capabilities at DLP also positively impacts employee development demands. In 2007, DLP employed nearly 80 people and today more than 200 people are employed, an increase of nearly 150 percent.
It is not surprising that the DLP is considered an important technology carrier, reinforcing the drive for innovation in the Saxony-Anhalt region. The President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Prime Minister of the state of Saxony-Anhalt were able to see this for themselves during a personal visit early this year.
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