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Horiba Mira invests £1.5m in UK EV battery testing

Horiba Mira has invested £1.5 million in a UK electric vehicle battery safety testing facility that it says will help speed up development and help reduce costs.

Set to open in October, the new Large Climatic Vibration Laboratory is the UK’s first battery vibration test facility - or ‘shaker’ as it’s known in the industry.

Horiba Mira said a distinct advantage of the new ‘shaker’ is that it can electrically and thermally cycle a battery during vibration testing and is fully programmable to reflect actual vehicle duty cycles – a unique function in the UK that it says will help provide test results that are representative of real-world conditions.

The ‘shaker’ is the second part of investment by Horiba Mira into battery safety related testing, which includes its new Battery Abuse Test Facility (BAT) that opened in July.

The two new facilities answer demand from the UK automotive industry for advanced battery safety testing capabilities, many of which Horiba Mira said were not previously available in the UK or did not meet the latest industry needs.

Another benefit of using the 'shaker' is that tests that have traditionally been performed individually can now be done simultaneously.

This reduces the overall test duration and the number of test samples required, providing the added bonus of lower product development costs.

Eamonn Martin, solution manager for electrification and environmental validation at Horiba Mira, said: “The environmental and societal drive towards zero emissions transport has increased the need for more advanced battery engineering and the testing capability to support that.

“We’ve been developing batteries and testing them for our customers for almost 20 years, this latest investment complements our existing EV battery development portfolio with additional capability to validate the latest battery technologies.”

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