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SEAT Starts Construction of Battery Laboratory in Spain

Auto News - Published on Thu, 15 Oct 2020

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SEAT continues to take steps forward in its commitment to electrification. With this aim in mind, the company has begun work on the future Test Center Energy, the new automotive battery lab that will be located at the SEAT plant in Martorell. With an investment of more than 7 million euros, the new centre will develop and test various energy systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. With a testing capacity that can reach 1.3 MW simultaneously, this facility will become a one-of-a-kind, pioneering electric battery laboratory in Spain. The construction of the TCE is included in the 5 billion euro investment plan recently announced by the company.

The future building, whose construction will be completed in April 2021, will have an area of around 1,500 square metres and include different test spaces for the evaluation of cell modules with lithium-ion technology, medium and high voltage batteries, as well as different chargers used in the entire range of electrified vehicles. There are also plans for several climatic chambers that will enable the batteries and modules to be tested under extreme thermal conditions, simulating the different environments a car may experience during its life cycle. It will also feature a high-tech electronics lab to design and manufacture prototypes and build interfaces for the test systems.

In addition, a workshop will be set up that is specifically designed and equipped to carry out tests on electrified vehicles, with the capacity to work simultaneously with up to six cars. This space will be used to conduct various tests related to the performance of the energy system, functional safety and integration of functions. To this end, artificial vision systems will be incorporated into the instrumentation.

The new TCE will join the combined low, medium and high voltage battery lab built by the company in 2010. Over the past decade, SEAT has carried out national and international research projects and conducted more than 2,000 test cases. This facility has two climatic chambers and a test power of 200kW.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 15 Oct 2020
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