BRIMLEY, Mich.—Smithers' latest investments are taking electric vehicle testing abilities to lower temperatures as demand for EV technology continues to heat up.
The testing, consulting, information and compliance services provider increased freezer capacity at its Winter Testing Center in Brimley with the addition of two new Reefer trailers. The trailers, which each can accommodate two large passenger vehicles or light trucks, can maintain temperatures as low at -30°F.
"Electric vehicle technology is developing very quickly, and there are still some unknowns with regard to how they function in extreme cold," Jim Popio, Smithers vice president of operations, North America, materials science and engineering, said in a news release. "We made this investment to help our clients deepen their understanding of how their EV technology performs at low temperatures and maintain a competitive edge in the market."
Both trailers are located at the end of a 4,500-ft., asphalt-paved two-lane roadway. This allows clients to immediately test the impact of freezing temperatures on braking, acceleration and other driving performance characteristics immediately after the frozen vehicle is driven from the trailer.