UK-based battery testing firm Horiba Mira has opened a GBP2 million ($2.7m) facility for the testing and development of high voltage battery systems.
The company, part of Japan’s Horiba group, said the facility at its Nuneaton base would support increasing demand for electric powertrains— and make it the first business in the UK to provide dedicated facilities for high voltage battery testing in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) environments.
Horiba Mira said the 1,875 square feet test centre is capable of high-resolution cell characterisation and testing battery cells and modules through representative charge and discharge cycles at a wide range of temperatures.
The ‘advanced battery development suite’ “provides unique levels of testing capability for the UK, with the ability to test battery packs at up to 600kW, ±1200A and 1000V with groundbreaking resolution”, the company said.
Declan Allen, managing director, said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to reducing vehicle emissions and strengthens the business’ battery and electric vehicle engineering and testing capabilities.”