FEV North America, Inc. to build new vehicle test center in Auburn Hills
New facility will expand campus to three buildings, will house state-of-the-art vehicle emissions chassis dyno
FEV North America, Inc. (FEV) announced today that it will start the expansion of its campus, with the construction of an all-new building. Initially, the facility will house a vehicle lab and state-of-the-art vehicle emissions dynamometer, expanding its vehicle development capabilities. The next step will create additional office space and lab facilities. The new site adds to the FEV campus in Auburn Hills, making a total of three buildings. The announcement is being made in conjunction with MEDC, which assisted in laying the groundwork for the new facility. The announcement was made by Patrick Hupperich, president and CEO of FEV North America Inc. (FEV) at a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, MEDC and local officials, and FEV executives.
"This is an exciting addition for FEV and for Southeast Michigan," Gov. Snyder said. "This development will contribute to our growing economy and continue to solidify Michigan's place as a global automotive hub."
At 25,600 sq.ft. when complete, the campus expansion will create approximately 250 additional jobs, bringing the total number of employees at its Auburn Hills campus to about 750. The company is investing more than $27 million into the facility, and has received a performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. Completion of the Vehicle Test Center is expected by April 2018.
“From its founding, FEV has built its reputation by providing state-of-the-art facilities needed to support product developments ,” said Hupperich. “The addition of the vehicle emissions chassis dyno represents our effort to provide a complete, one-stop-shop to powertrain and vehicle development, and keeps us in step in meeting customers’ needs.”
The FEV Group is a leading international service provider for turnkey vehicle development. Its range of engineering competencies includes consulting, development and testing of innovative vehicles and their powertrains from concept to series production. The range of services for propulsion systems include modern, highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, hybrid and fully electric drive systems and fuel cell systems as well as their integration, calibration and homologation into the vehicle. Further core topics at FEV are alternative fuels, the development of electronic control systems, vehicle connectivity and the automation of vehicles through hardware and software development. The service portfolio is fulfilled by customized test bench and measurement equipment including software solutions that allow essential work stages to be efficiently transferred from the road to the test bench or simulation.
The FEV Group employs more than 6700 highly qualified specialists in customer-oriented development centers at more than 40 locations on 5 continents.