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March 1, 2019

Allison to build environmental test centre in Indianapolis

Allison Transmission is investing in a new vehicle testing facility.

By Rhodri Morgan

Allison Transmission is investing in a new vehicle testing facility.

“Industries around the globe depend on Allison Automatics to power highly specialised vehicles that must perform under all kinds of extreme conditions,” said Allison Transmission president and CEO, David Graziosi.

“The Vehicle Environmental Test facility will provide Allison engineers with enhanced capabilities to conduct testing replicating vehicle environments and duty cycles.”

The facility will be on the campus of Allison’s global headquarters on the westside of Indianapolis. It will include two environmental chambers capable of simulating temperature extremes, altitude and on-road conditions that will allow testing for regulatory compliance, on-board diagnostic development and performance improvements for vehicle functional optimisation.

The Vehicle Environmental Test facility will further support testing for a wide-range of propulsion systems, including conventional powertrains, alternative fuel, electric hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.

The facility will be one of a few in the US and the only one of its kind in the Midwest. Additionally, when the facility is not in use by Allison, third parties will be able to utilise the chamber for their own testing.

Project planning for the Vehicle Environmental Test facility has started and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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