Allison is now capable to carry out hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing at the company’s Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center in the U.S. A CNG testing station will be also available.

As part of Allison Transmission’s goal to support the development and deployment of alternative fuel vehicles that reduce emissions, the company has completed the installation of two phases of hydrogen capabilities. Phase one provides the ability to safely detect and manage hydrogen gas or flames in the test cell. This same system is also capable of detection and management of CNG power plants. Phase two includes a low pressure, constant supply of hydrogen directly fed into the vehicle’s fuel cell, providing extended test runs while minimising downtime for re-fueling. These testing capabilities represent Allison’s commitment to innovation and taking a leadership role in the development of alternative fuel options for the commercial vehicle industry.

Hydrogen fuel cell testing: Allison to support OEMs

“Manufacturers of electric vehicles, including battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and electric hybrid systems are recognising the value of reducing product development and validation timelines by utilising Allison’s Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center to assess their vehicles in a controlled thermal environment capable of simulating a broad range of duty cycles”, said David Proctor, General Manager Allison Vehicle Electrification + Environmental Test Center. “We are excited to expand the facility’s capabilities to support our OEM partners as they develop and optimise alternative fuel offerings intended to reduce emissions”.

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The 60,000-square-foot facility is the only one of its kind in the Midwest, offering the ability to conduct year-round testing in one centralised location that can replicate the extreme environments to solidify dependable, reliable, repeatable, secure results. The capabilities of the facility move beyond powertrain innovation, enabling Allison and its partners to bring new, innovative, technology and vehicle systems to market faster and more efficiently.   


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