Vehicle Integration, Testing, & Evaluation
Office of Automotive Engineering

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Vehicle testing bays

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Vehicle testing track

Performance analysis for client vehicles operating under actual vehicle service conditions are performed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

Vehicle Performance Analysis

  • Global vehicle parameters
    • Vehicle fuel economy
    • Performance metrics
  • Specific component durability issues
  • System capabilities

Powertrain Prototype Designs

Prototype designs of powertrains can be tested using the SwRI dynamometer test stands, which simulate full-vehicle operation without requiring the prototype to be installed in an actual full-scale vehicle. Depending on client needs, evaluations can be weighted according to:

  • Vehicle performance
  • Vehicle emissions
  • Environmental performance
  • Design durability

Full-Scale Vehicle Evaluations

For cases where full-scale vehicle testing is needed, engineers have access to the SwRI test track and emissions test facilities. These cases are usually for projects for:

  • Test track performance results
  • Hybrid vehicle testing
  • Specific emissions analysis
  • Braking performance evaluations
  • Tire performance evaluations

Related Terminology

vehicle CO2 and emissions simulation  •  vehicle carbon dioxide and emissions simulations  •  base electric vehicle simulation  •  bev simulation  •  plug-in electric vehicle simulation  •  phev simulation  •  range extending electric vehicle simulation  •  reev simulation  •  mico  •  mild  •  heavy-duty hybrid vehicle research  •  performance analysis  •  vehicle fuel economy  •  performance metrics  •  component durability  •  system capabilities  •  powertrain testing  •  dynamometer test stand  •  vehicle performance  •  vehicle emissions  •  environmental performance  •  design durability  •  test track performance  •  hybrid vehicle testing  •  emissions analysis  •  braking performance evaluation  •  tire performance evaluation

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.