AVL in Plymouth to Provide Software, Hardware for New $368M Powertrain Lab in California


AVL, a Plymouth-based company that develops, simulates, and tests powertrain technology for the auto industry, has been awarded a contract to provide software and hardware for light- and heavy-duty vehicle, engine, and powertrain testing at a new facility being built in California. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The $368-million California Air Resources Board’s lab in Riverside, Calif. already has broken ground and is set to open in 2021. It will house about 450 employees and be among the largest net-zero energy structures in the country. AVL also has an office in Lake Forest, Calif.

“This is more than a typical lab project,” says Kyle Kimel, president of AVL Test Systems Inc.

“Developing clean, efficient propulsion technology is the driving force behind everything we do.”

AVL 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 input/output.

About 25 percent of AVL’s contract value will be sourced to small and disabled veteran-based businesses as part of the project.

The lab will offer vehicle testing solutions that can adapt as mobility systems evolve. AVL’s software will also allow lab workers to monitor and control systems wirelessly.

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