Groundbreaking for Test Centre of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach
Like parent group Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG is consistently following the path of electrification with initial vehicles in this year.
Like parent group Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG is consistently following the path of electrification with initial vehicles in this year. Now the performance and sports car brand is taking the next forward-thinking step and is building a highly automated test area for the development of electrified high-performance powertrains and electrical components. The official groundbreaking for the new Technikum technology centre took place on 4 March 2021. In doing so, AMG is investing in important topics of the future and is underlying its clear commitment to the Affalterbach location.
The new technology centre with a total area of 5000 square metres on three levels will rise between Benz- and Maybachstrasse in Affalterbach by 2022. It is a new, highly automated test area for the development of electrified high-performance powertrains and electrical components. With all-wheel test stands and a high-voltage test stand for batteries, AMG is gearing itself towards the future. If needed, the building allows for further expansion stages.
The all-wheel test stands aid the engineers in Affalterbach in the simulation of real driving and environmental conditions. The four wheel hubs of a vehicle are connected to the four machines of a test stand and thereby reflect realistic driving resistances to reproduce street-like handling characteristics. One of the test stands is additionally equipped with a climatic/altitude chamber. It uses a vacuum to reproduce an altitude of up 5000 metres above sea level at a temperature as low as -30°C. The developer does not sit in the vehicle during the tests, but controls it from the operator room in an automated process. AMG thereby also contributes to a more sustainable future: By using the test stands, fewer test kilometres in real-world operation are required.
Be it arctic temperatures or tropical climate – the high-voltage test stand with climatic chamber makes it possible to test the high-voltage batteries developed at the Affalterbach location in a temperature range from -40 to +80°C in a fully automated process. This makes it possible to test nearly every conceivable circumstance that a battery system could face during its service life. The focus in this context is particularly on safety, long-term durability as well as on function and performance under extreme conditions. The extensive measurement technology of the test centre and the high level of automation result in reproducible and legally compliant test conditions.