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Stellantis spends 33 million on machinery and test circuits for electric cars

Stellantis has invested €33 million in two of its test facilities to support the company’s long-term strategy of get the best performance from your electric carsas reported in a statement.

Of the total, 5 million euros have been allocated to improvements for the Orbassano Security Center (Italy)while the rest, some 29.5 million dollars (28 million euros at current exchange rates), have been invested in the Auburn Hills wind tunnel in Michigan (United States).

Thus, the Orbassano Security Center is fully integrated with digital engineering processes and has been upgraded to house four test tracks with four impact points and capabilities to perform comprehensive testing of battery electric vehicles and automated driving technology for passenger cars, trucks, and light commercial vehicles.

This investment will give it the ability to test all types of electrified vehicles: hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric. At least two crash tests a day are currently taking place and they are on track to test more than 275 electrified vehicles this year.. All tests, in addition to instrumented data, provide Stellantis engineers with valuable data to evaluate current and future vehicle designs.

Stellantos Security Center in Orbassano (Italy).
Stellantos Security Center in Orbassano (Italy).

In addition, data is shared with Stellantis facilities around the world, including additional safety testing centers in Belchamp (France), Chelsea (USA) and Betim (Brazil), to refine digital vehicle development models. .

For its part, the Auburn Hills wind tunnel is being expanded with the addition of technology that simulates highway driving and provides a more accurate measurement of vehicle aerodynamics. The existing aerodynamic testing facility generates wind speeds of up to 225 kilometers per hour.

Aerodynamic efficiency is a decisive factor in optimizing the distances electric vehicles can travel on a single charge. The technology also makes it possible to measure ventilation drag, which is exclusively associated with moving wheels and tires.

The installation with the new technology, which is part of a commitment with the United Auto Workers union estimated at 85 million dollars (80.7 million euros), it is planned to come into operation in 2024.

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