Electrified Propulsion Research Centre

Electrified Propulsion Research Centre

The Electrified Propulsion Research Centre (EPRC) is a global centre of excellence for electrified transport engineering, enabling the research and development of the next generation of electrified vehicles from component level subsystems to fully integrated powertrain.

The Electrified Propulsion Research Centre combines Ricardo's capability in vehicle testing with state-of-the-art digital engineering techniques and tools, reducing development time and cost by linking physical and virtual development, particularly for software which now typically drives the critical development path for complex electrified systems.

The EPRC Team
The Electrified Powertrain Research Centre Team


The facility enables us to offer an end-to-end, seamless service that embraces software and simulation from concept through the product development process, incorporating physical test as an essential touchpoint at key stages. It facilitates electric vehicle testing and development across all platforms including automotive, commercial vehicle, defence, industrial and off-highway, high performance and motorsport, and motorcycle.

As well as offering accurate testing of electrified vehicle platforms in a wide-ranging real-world operating conditions to improve quality and robustness of developed systems, we can effectively switch between the physical and virtual domains as we develop and optimise the architecture of the vehicle, the attributes, safety, performance and reliability. Where we need validation of simulation models we can physically test and provide robust validation data for those models.

In partnership with Coast to Capital

Facility Capabilities

  • Twin inter-connected climatic test chambers operating between -12°C and +50°C with controlled humidity
  • Four low-inertia PM dynamometers each rated at 320kW, 3000Nm continuous
  • Total 1100kW of electrical power absorption from dynamometers
  • Modular, reconfigurable fluid conditioning, cooling and ventilation systems
  • 2x 400kW 1100V battery simulators
  • Fully transient control and automation system with flexible test cycle programming
  • Interfaces to a comprehensive range of measurement systems, including analytical instruments and high-speed data acquisition
  • Accommodates a range of applications - including automotive, commercial, industrial and off-highway, defence, motorcycles and motorsport

Flexible, modular layout
Enables us to install and test discreet powertrain subsystems all the way up to full vehicles and everything in-between.

layout

Climatic and humidity controlled
Enables climate testing to temperatures below -10°C and in excess of 50°C , including the option of external fluid conditioning when required.

climate

High Performance Testing
Our dynamic, low-inertia dynamometers can achieve over 1MW of transient power absorption in a range of configurations enabling us test very high performance systems.

Powerful

Battery Simulation
Our battery simulation capabilities of up to 800KW at 1100V can accommodate very high performance EV powertrains.

Battery

Digitally-enabled
Our digital twin system enables parallel virtual development to allow us real-world test of powertrain system without the need for prototype vehicles.

digital

Test automation and control
Can be fully integrated with a real-time simulation environment, in order to perform different dynamic scenarios to represent driver, transmission, vehicle characteristics, disturbances and interactions with the external environment.

automation

The Ricardo Difference

Ricardo offer an end-to-end testing and development solution for the electrified powertrain. Our world-class engineers and test operators will deliver a solution that is bespoke to our customer's unique requirements, utilising state-of-the-art technology to deliver a service that reduces development time and cost without compromising on quality or safety.

Ricardo is supporting the decarbonisation of global transport and energy sectors. With our partners we are committed to forging a sustainable transport centre of excellence and the Electrified Propulsion Research Centre, together with our planned hydrogen development and testing facility, will be at the heart of this, as we seek to deliver clean, efficient solutions for our clients and community

Ricardo opens state-of-the-art digitally enabled Electrified Propulsion Research Centre to shape the future of sustainable transport

Press Article

Designed to leverage and enhance Ricardo’s expertise in test and development this new facility will be a global centre of excellence for electrified transport engineering.

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Virtual product development delivering real world performance

Expert Q&A

Dr Mike Bates, Technical Lead for Test Operations gives his insight into the capabilities of the new Electrified Propulsion Research Centre, and the time and cost benefits it will offer to customers through advanced used of virtual product development.

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New Ricardo Electrified Propulsion Research Centre: enhancing virtual calibration benefits

Expert Q&A

Ricardo Calibration Solution Leader, Alistair Peel, sets out how he helps global transportation customers select Ricardo calibration capabilities and tools to deliver the best value for product development, and these benefits for calibration customers will be enhanced by the new Ricardo Electrified Propulsion Research Centre.

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