FEV Group president and CEO, Stefan Pischinger has inaugurated what the supplier says is the world’s largest development and test centre in Germany for high-voltage batteries for passenger and commercial vehicles.

The durability testing centre is known by its German abbreviation eDLP.

“We look forward to continually enhancing Saxony-Anhalt’s strong expertise in the up-and-coming field of e-mobility with the now completed eDLP and to intensifying the solid long-standing collaboration with FEV as an innovative company and attractive employer in the region,” said Minister President of the Federal State of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff. 

For his part, Pischinger added: “As a globally leading developer of technologies for electric vehicles, FEV is advancing innovation and forward-looking solutions. With the eDLP, we are providing our customers with proof of this claim.

“After all, in addition to optimal technological support, we can also save development time and costs for our partners.

“We can offer every internationally established test method for batteries on currently 69 systems – all under one roof.”

The eDLP complex measures 15,500 m2. Inside, performance and electrical tests are conducted, as well as those on environmental and mechanical impacts and abuse tests for battery cells, modules and packs, plus other components such as inverters and on-board chargers.

A range of climate zones and ambient temperatures can be reproduced – from -40°C to 90°C.

Using a 12,000 m2 photovoltaic system, the energy required to test components is provided almost entirely by power generated from renewable resources.