Funding comes from the South-East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and the new site is expected to be completed in the middle of next year.
Mahle Powertrain says the new centre will enable it to offer a wider range of test services for vehicle manufacturers, including on-the-road PEMS (portable emissions measurement system), dyno-based road simulations and comprehensive emissions testing.
In addition, the centre will allow Mahle to fully simulate the new test cycle, with the added ability to control the atmospheric pressure within the chamber – a first for the UK. Simulating altitudes of up to 5,000 metres provides insight into how engines perform in different environments, giving more comprehensive testing results.
“This funding will allow us to grow the business and create employment opportunities by placing us at the forefront of the requirements of the new Real Driving Emissions legislation, which comes into force later this year,” says Dave Beecroft, director of sales and marketing at Mahle Powertrain.
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