Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) today announced that the company has been awarded a contract to supply and install a new test stand capable of conducting end-of-line tests on electric and hybrid vehicles produced at RWTH Aachen University’s new production facility in Aachen, Germany.
The test stand consists of an advanced dynamometer developed specifically for electric and hybrid vehicle testing, a computerized wheel alignment system, and a headlight tester tightly integrated into an automated package.
The engineers at MAE designed the dynamometer to leverage the precision of 4 independently controlled AC motors, each coupled to its own set of rollers, to control the load to each wheel independently. This setup allows test engineers to exert unprecedented control over testing conditions. The design consists of several custom modifications to MAE’s standard AC-4000 product, which comes standard with 4 independently
controlled AC motors, and an integrated ABS Brake Tester. The AC-4000 also utilizes automatic vehicle restraints for increased testing throughput and efficiency while ensuring the test vehicle remains safely in position on the tester.
The integrated wheel alignment system utilizes patented robotics technology and has been proven as the most accurate system in the industry while the headlight tester is equipped with a CCD camera and integral software to measure headlight aim and intensity.
David Ganzhorn, V.P. Sales, worked closely with RWTH Aachen’s engineers in developing the specific testing requirements. “MAE takes great pride in working with colleges worldwide to further drive vehicle technology.”