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Lab Spotlight: ORNL - Vehicle Systems Integration Analysis From Cars to Big Rigs

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  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) evaluates and simulates engines, electric motors, and transmissions in conventional and hybrid powertrain configurations from light-duty cars to heavy-duty trucks with its new Vehicle Systems Integration (VSI) Laboratory. Growing transportation costs and future regulations have increased the focus on vehicle efficiency and emissions. The VSI Lab addresses these concerns by performing prototype research and characterization of advanced systems on a research cell level, which is particularly convenient for makers of Class 8 tractor-trailers who can bring individual parts to the lab to be analyzed. VSI Lab researchers can simulate or emulate virtually any driving scenario or road condition to glean the most realistic results. Industry partners can then use the data to adjust vehicle designs accordingly to meet federal regulations, addressing the country’s demand for cleaner, more efficient powertrains.
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