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Allison Transmission has opened its new Vehicle Environmental Test (VET) centre in Indianapolis, to conduct year-round testing, replicating vehicle environments and duty cycles, compressing product development times

“This facility is a direct reflection of our commitment to advancing new product development technologies and reducing time to market,” said Allison Transmission SVP Product Engineering and Programme Management, Randy Kirk.

“The VET centre will facilitate rapid product development for conventional, alternative fuel and electric vehicles, providing Allison and our customers [with] an efficient and effective tool for next generation innovation and collaboration.”

The 60,000-square-foot facility houses a hot soak chamber, a cold soak chamber and two chassis dyne-equipped environmental chambers capable of simulating a broad range of duty cycles; environmental conditions from negative 54 degrees to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, altitudes up to 18,000 feet, simulated grades and other on-road conditions.

The VET centre can accommodate most commercial on-highway, off-highway and wheeled defence vehicle applications, supporting testing for a wide-range of propulsion systems, including conventional powertrains, alternative fuel, electric hybrid, fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

It is located on the campus of Allison Transmission’s global headquarters in Indianapolis.

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“We are excited to have this facility that will provide our customers and partners enhanced capabilities to conduct full-vehicle testing by replicating environments and duty cycles all in one centralised location, allowing them to bring new and innovative technology and vehicle systems to market faster and more efficiently,” added VP of North America Sales for Allison Transmission, Rohan Barua.

“For players in our industry this translates into a competitive advantage, as innovation drives the industry forward.”

The VET facilitates immediate evaluation and responses to issues in controlled conditions, that ensure desired operating environments can be isolated, tested and replicated in  real time.