The new center, which comprises some 1,500 square meters, is located at HORIBA MIRA’s headquarters in Nuneaton, UK. The AETC provides emissions testing capabilities for global compliance, including Euro 6d and Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), as well as incorporating Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing capabilities.
The new facility was developed in response to increased scrutiny around tailpipe emissions, as well as new legislation requiring extensive and increasingly complex testing methodologies.
The facility is centered around a four-wheel drive (4WD) climatic chassis dynamometer and includes three individual climatic soak rooms and an ambient soak room. The combination of the 4WD dynamometer, range of climatic conditions and state-of-the-art HORIBA emissions systems will allow the determination of exhaust pollutants over a range of climatic conditions, from temperatures of -20°C to 35°C. Engineers at the facility will work closely with vehicle manufacturers, offering the full gamut of emissions testing which comply with current and foreseen future emissions regulations - including additional Type Approval for RDE.
The HORIBA Group invested £8 million in the new center, which has enabled the creation of a number of new high value engineering jobs at HORIBA MIRA.
Dr. Geoff Davis, Chief Strategy Officer at HORIBA MIRA, said: “Becoming part of the HORIBA Group has enabled us to build on our reputation as a world-leader in automotive testing and engineering and we continue to invest in improving our capabilities and facilities. With support from HORIBA, we were able to complete the development of our latest facility – the AETC - helping us to contribute to reducing global emissions and supporting our clients to ensure they meet the new EU regulations.”
Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, President of HORIBA Europe GmbH, said: “We are pleased to have supported HORIBA MIRA in this latest facility – together we are building on a unique reputation of automotive test systems and R&D and engineering capabilities. We are looking forward to implementing even more exciting projects, developing more products and services, and supporting our customers worldwide to continually meet new engineering requirements.”