AVL Providing Vehicle Emissions Testing Solutions for CARB Lab


AVL has been awarded a contract to provide nearly all of the software and hardware for light- and heavy-duty vehicle, engine, and powertrain testing at a new California Air Resources Board (CARB) lab in Riverside, Calif.

CARB has already broken ground on its new Southern California vehicle emissions testing and research facilities, set to open in spring 2021. The $368 million laboratory, designed and built by Hensel Phelps, AEI and ZGF, will house approximately 450 employees. 

“This is more than a typical lab project,” says Kyle Kimel, president of AVL Test Systems Inc. “We’re honored to be chosen as the best integrated solution to help CARB achieve its 2030 vision and bring this lab to fruition. CARB is really keeping with industry standards here.”

AVL, which is headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Mich., says it provides solutions to the challenges of multiple testing environments and propulsion technologies, including electrified powertrains. The company will deliver nearly 20 dynamometers for chassis, engine and powertrain testing; more than 90 emission measurement devices and systems; SHEDs for evaporative testing; fuel and air measurement instruments; and the associated control, simulation and data acquisition I/O.

“A project of this scale and pace relies on AVL’s global support,” adds Kimel. “We have a team in California that will be in the lab with CARB day in and day out, but we will also work with AVL experts around the world to ensure all of CARB’s needs are met.”

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