In a major expansion of its test capabilities, transmission and driveline engineering specialist Drive System Design (DSD) is commissioning three new cells, bringing the total on site to 10. The largest cell has five electrical machines, the four output motors each capable of 7000Nm and 700kW, and can handle 4WD HEV transmissions and drivelines ranging in size from passenger cars to trucks and off-highway vehicles. The addition makes this the largest independent transmission and driveline test facility in the UK. “Demand for this type of work is increasing rapidly with a growing emphasis on CO2 reduction driving up hybrid sales and leading to closer scrutiny of driveline efficiency” explained Rob Oliver, Drive System Design Chief Engineer. The new development, now the largest in the UK, enables us to test a complete range of transmissions, drivelines and vehicles with higher power outputs.
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