FCV Evaluation

HORIBA supports customers' development and manufacturing with a wide range of technologies, from powertrain evaluation of fuel cell vehicles (FCV or FCEV) to solutions for efficient system calibration, as well as engineering services for prototyping a single vehicle.

Hydrogen fuel cells are one of the most promising zero-emission green technologies and offer many advantages over combustion engines, with up to 60% efficiency in converting the chemical energy of the fuel into electrical energy.

 In the development of FCVs, the performance of the fuel cell as a power source must be optimized and safely integrated into the powertrain system. The development of FCVs not only requires a sophisticated series of evaluation systems, from components such as fuel cells and motors to the powertrain and complete vehicle, but also requires appropriate and efficient evaluations.


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Challenges in FCV/EV Development

A major challenge is to make energy available more efficiently, more stably, and at lower cost. In the development of automobiles, the systems that make up the vehicle have become significantly more complex, including electrification of the vehicle with fuel cells and batteries, as well as hybrid systems that also use internal combustion engines. As a result, issues have emerged that significantly bloat development man-hours. The key to solve this issue is the efficient optimization of systems.

Global Initiatives

Many countries are stepping up their efforts to electrify its vehicles in order to realize a carbon-neutral society. The requirements for fuel cell stack components and materials, such as quick output response, are becoming higher especially for FCVs. In addition, temperature control of fuel cell stacks is also an important issue to improve fuel cell efficiency and reduce fuel cell degradation. While Japan leads the developments for light duty FCVs, Europe, the U.S. and China, the fuel cell system is expected to be used in heavy duty vehicles which will require high durability.

Viritech's Apricale™ Hydrogen Hypercar is under Development at MIRA Technology Park

Viritech is a UK-based start-up company developing a range of hydrogen-based mobility products. Viritech is located at the MIRA Technology Park, one of Europe's leading mobility research and development centers for the latest automotive technologies, and will develop the hydrogen hypercar "Apricale™" with comprehensive engineering and consulting support from HORIBA MIRA.

Details: Press Release "Viritech's Apricale™ hydrogen hypercar to be developed at MIRA Technology Park"

Our Unique "Measurement and Analysis" Technology

We provide total solutions for overall development and evaluation of FCVs and other electric vehicles, from components to vehicle systems, by combining our long-years of engine and drivetrain measurement technology with newly acquired fuel cell and battery measurement technology, as well as nano-level material analysis, gas control, water quality monitoring and other technologies.

Fuel Cell Performance Evaluation/ FCV Powertrain Evaluation

Fuel Cell Test System Evaluator Series are ideal for testing and evaluating from single cell to full stack and fuel cell systems for mobility applications. In addition to performance evaluation, durability evaluation and accelerated degradation tests are performed based on high safety standards.
Evaluator Series analyzes the behavior of cells and stacks of fuel cell to optimize fuel cell system design. In addition, Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation (HiLS) can simulate the load effects of fuel cell systems.

Especially for FCV development, HORIBA's long-standing knowledge of powertrain and driveline development and HORIBA FuelCon's comprehensive expertise in automotive fuel cells can also be used to create test environments for small and large FCV powertrain development. For more information, please check Turnkey Solutions and Risk Assessment.

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Fuel Cell Test System Evaluator Series

Test in the Loop™* - Enables accurate performance verification and system optimization of components and systems during vehicle development and design

Test in the Loop™* - Enables accurate performance verification and system optimization of components and systems during vehicle development and design

Efficiency Improvement of System Calibration and On-Road Testing

We offer Test in the Loop™*, a development concept for evaluating components and vehicle systems under realistic operating conditions by freely connecting actual equipments or models of batteries, motors, powertrains, engines, and vehicles as well as evaluation equipment. Test in the Loop enables highly accurate performance verification and optimization of components and systems during the vehicle development and design phase.

*Test in the Loop is a trademark or registered trademark of HORIBA, Ltd.

Our proprietary "RDE+ (Plus)" is an application that improves efficiency of on-road testing. RDE+ frontloads the design, development, verification and evaluation of vehicle models and actual vehicles by reproducing on-road tests of various vehicles, including FCVs, on a platform such as a chassis test cell or virtually to support the optimization and efficiency improvement of the vehicle development process.

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"RDE+" Application for On-road Resting of Actual Road Tests

Engineering Support

HORIBA MIRA's Engineering Services for Electric Vehicle Development

HORIBA MIRA provides engineering services to bring energy-efficient electric and hybrid vehicles, products and systems to market. HORIBA MIRA has the experience in supporting vehicle design, development, and validation with specialized skill sets and tools and help minimize cost, risk, and time throughout the development cycle.

Extensive simulation and modeling combined with targeted and multi-purpose development facilities
Evaluation from concept design to final validation
Improve the accuracy of simulation models through latest virtual tools and in-house expertise

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Supporting Automotive Electrification Development and Accelerating Entry into the Electrification Market: Electrification/Energy Management

Turnkey Solutions and Risk Assessment

When launching a test building to handle hydrogen, more stringent safety measures are required than before.

Our turnkey solution, a total laboratory construction package, includes ordering multiple contractors, meetings to determine specifications, safety, process and quality control of construction, as well as post-introduction operation, maintenance, and work efficiency, all with an emphasis on safety and ease of use until just before the start of laboratory operations. We can handle the entire construction process on behalf of our busy customers.

Careful risk assessment is also essential for facilities that handle large volumes of high-pressure hydrogen. We have developed a unique risk assessment method that minimizes cost and time, while ensuring safety and security with no omissions.
For example, in fuel cell laboratories where large amounts of hydrogen are handled, three levels of safety design are applied to prevent the risk of hydrogen leakage: 1) no leakage, 2) no accident in case of leakage, and 3) minimizing damage in case of accident.

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