Allison Transmission, a provider of medium- and heavy-duty automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles, recently announced plans to build a new vehicle testing facility.
The facility will be located on the campus of Allison’s global headquarters on the west side of Indianapolis. It will include two environmental chambers capable of simulating temperature extremes, altitude and on-road conditions, which will allow testing for regulatory compliance, on-board diagnostic development and performance improvements for vehicle functional optimization. Notably, the facility will further support testing for a wide range of propulsion systems, including conventional, alternative fuel, electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles.
“Industries around the globe depend on Allison Automatics to power highly specialized vehicles that must perform under all kinds of extreme conditions,” says David Graziosi, president and CEO of Allison Transmission. “The Vehicle Environmental Test facility will provide Allison engineers with enhanced capabilities to conduct testing replicating vehicle environments and duty cycles.”
When the facility is not in use by Allison, third parties will be able to use the chamber for their own testing. Project planning for the Vehicle Environmental Test facility has begun and is scheduled for completion in 2020.