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April 15, 2019

Millbrook adds California test facility

Millbrook is establishing what it describes as an "independent and impartial test facility" in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, for electric vehicle development.

By Olly Wehring

Millbrook is establishing what it describes as an "independent and impartial test facility" in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, for electric vehicle development.

It's part of Millbrook Revolutionary Engineering which has been part of the group for a year and had since already doubled its capacity in Livonia, Detroit.

The new, 24,600 square foot facility in California becomes operational in July 2019.

It will enable more effective powertrain development support, create extra capacity and enable rapid introduction of new powertrain test capabilities.

Millbrook RE already does electrified drivetrain development and the new facility will offer Vehicle-in-the-Loop (VIL) testing and battery simulators to 1,000V DC/1,200A DC peak. This will enable customers to perform complex integration testing and to validate electrified powertrain components, laid-out powertrains and electric vehicles. The facility will be designed for maximum flexibility and will be equipped with high-speed motors up to 20,000rpm allowing tests of electric motors and inverters or stand-alone drivetrain components.

The new facility will also be a showcase for turnkey dynamometer-based test systems and a base for its service engineers supporting systems installed in customers' locations. The support team provides a rapid response to service requests which include maintenance and calibration.

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