Research Facilities

In transport industry, electrified powertrains systems have gained a significant interest to develop energy-efficient vehicular systems and a new generation of cleaner Electric Vehicles (EVs). Powertrains are core elements to reach higher range, better climbing or acceleration capabilities, and increased energy efficiency. Still, the potential fuel savings is compelling and requires new developments to increase the performance of EVs. As such, advanced powertrain topologies with multiple Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) combination and new developments and integration of electric motor/generator, power electronics and control strategies are crucial to the next generation of EVs.
The research facilities of e-TESC Lab regroup a set of mobile and laboratory platforms to test and evaluate several aspects related to EV powertrain technologies, as storage elements, power electronics and motor-drive systems.

Three on-road platforms and several laboratory test benches are proposed to student, researchers and professors to facilitate their work on EVs powertrain research projects devoted to the improvement of the next generation of green vehicles.
The on-road platforms are devoted to real world EV configuration test and Laboratory test benches are focused on the test and validation of new configuration of electric motor and generators for traction and automotive applications, power- and mechanical level Hardware-in-Loop simulation platform to carried out controlled laboratory EV powertrain tests using reduced scale emulation approach in order to reduce the implementation errors in real scale prototypes, and energy storage systems test benches to perform cycling and spectroscopy analysis.

The e-TESC on-road modular platforms (e-TESC eCommander, e-TESC eSpyder and e-TESC VUa) are four-wheel electric vehicles chassis and a three-wheel reactional vehicle rear powered. Each mobile platform includes a Li-ion battery packs, a permanent magnet synchronous motors and drives.

To carry out these mobile laboratories, an eDaq on-road data acquisition system and a NI compact Rio controller system will be added, providing high data-logging and control adaptations capacities.

The e-TESC high precision electric motor test bench platform includes a custom dynamometer table with safety enclosure, an eddy-current dynamometer for high speed testing, a DSP high-speed programmable dynamometer controller, an in-line torque transducer, a motor testing software, a torque speed conditioner, a digital power analyzer and a dynamometer power supply kit. All the test bench is controlled by a dedicated PC. This platform allows to test new configuration of electric motors developed under the research program and the several power electronic converters and inverters to drive the traction motor.

The e-TESC power- and mechanical-level HIL simulation platform includes a modular load emulation equipment based on an industrial motor drive to follow the resistant torque computed by the mathematical model implemented in MATLAB/Simulink simulation platform.

e-TESC Arbin and Gamry spectroscopy equipment are used to do measurement with precision for long‐term energy storage system testing and long‐term energy storage system projections than control accuracy alone.