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GKN is building a real-time test rig to develop electric vehicles


GKN Automotive has created a so-called “real-time” test facility capable of meeting the requirements of electric vehicles. The rig, installed at GKN Automotive’s Offenbach, Germany facility, can handle the extreme dynamics and higher torque of electrified powertrains, making conventional load test rigs unsuitable for the latest generation drivetrain parts such as side shafts.

The real-time unit can check specific load data provided by customers, from small urban electric cars to the most powerful SUVs, and is capable of dynamically controlling speed and torque to reproduce wheel slip and other complex driving conditions. This, GKN claims, sets new industry standards for accuracy and quality control in electric vehicle component testing and enables engineers to create the lightest and most efficient solutions without compromising on capability.

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