FEV France operates two test centers in Paris and Rouen (Normandie). In addition to the development of innovative test bench technology, one of the focal points in France is the development of electric mobility solutions. FEV is currently expanding its battery test center in Paris in order to meet stricter requirements and to expand the services offered in the Electronics and Electrification business area.
The nearly 600 square meter facility is expected to start operations this year. It will be equipped for state-of-the-art technological requirements and includes four walkable test cells for large traction batteries and four test cells for battery packs with a power supply of up to 1,200 V. Additionally, there will be up to 300 channels for testing battery cells and modules, and all test cells will be equipped with air- conditioning.
Beyond that, the new FEV Test Center will rely on extensive real-time simulation tools, which have the ability to put batteries through a simulation of streets, vehicles, and powertrains in their respective individual application scenarios. An additional test bench for e-drives will enable the complete examination of electric powertrains. The number of test benches at the two test centers operated in France will now increase to 18.
Since its foundation in France in 2004, FEV has already made a name for itself with the development of devices and software for test benches, in addition to solutions for powertrains. MORPHEE, one of the most famous automation systems on the market, is an example of widely circulated software in this context.
In the future, FEV France and its more than 700 employees will be increasingly involved in the aviation and space travel sector. Among other things, an office in Toulouse was opened in 2017.
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Located in the Motor City, the heart of the American automotive industry, FEV North America has been a driving force for technical innovation in the mobility industry for more than 30 years.
Employing more than 450 experts at three technical facilities in Auburn Hills, MI and an office in Silicon Valley (California), FEV is partnering with OEMs and Tiered suppliers to create intelligent and more efficient future mobility solutions. Originally founded in California in 1985, FEV North America moved operations to Michigan in 1997, and in 2016, the thriving electronics industry and customer demands on the West Coast ultimately brought FEV back to its roots, and let it open an additional office in Silicon Valley.
The FEV North America campus is now even further expanding to include an all-new Vehicle Test Center, strengthening our vehicle development capabilities. Slated to open at the end of 2018, FEV North America will become a complete, one-stop shop for powertrain and vehicle development, and position FEV as the preferred supplier to offer these capabilities.
The new facility will house a state-of-the-art vehicle emissions chassis dynamometer, with high-precision exhaust emissions measurement technology, and an advanced vehicle lab with a low-temperature condition hall. This will complement the 26 already existing powertrain test benches and 6 engine and component test benches, all capable of testing electrified powertrains, engines and axles.
Automated driving and connectivity have become the next big focus for the mobility industry, and the required hardware and software advancements will bring an increasingly diversified development process for OEMs and service providers. To meet these challenges, FEV developed a global Center of Excellence (CoE) in 2017, which focuses on connectivity and smart vehicle development. This is not limited to autonomous driving functions, but also includes infotainment and telematics systems, cybersecurity and V2X communication.
The CoE is built on a connected system thinking approach, a practice that takes the entire ecosystem into consideration during each stage of the smart vehicle development. This approach to engineering is critical due to the exponential growth of new functions, providers and development tasks. Connected systems thinking allows for shorter development time despite increasing system complexity and stricter requirements for hardware and software. With the CoE, FEV is building safe and secure Smart Vehicles, free of cyber-attacks.
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