Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicle Research Lab
The Penn State Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicle Research Laboratory contributes to the advancement of hybrid and hydrogen vehicle technology by providing vehicle modeling and testing capabilities to vehicle researchers, hydrogen researchers, industry and government. Institute research programs and student teams such as the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Technology team use this facility to develop advanced vehicles (including participation in national competitions such as EcoCAR). Lifts and machining equipment enable fabrication and alterations of advanced vehicle platforms. A Clayton two-axle chassis dynamometer facilitates drive cycle testing of two- and four-wheel drive passenger vehicles. Aerovironment ABC-150 and AV-900 battery power processing machines allow high current cycling of batteries and fuel cells and "hardware in the loop" testing of hybrid and fuel cell systems, models, and control strategies. The range of faculty and research at Penn State makes the laboratory uniquely qualified to link key players for the benefit of industry, education, the economy, and the community at large.