SEAT has begun work on the future Test Center Energy (TCE), the new automotive battery lab that will be located at its plant in Martorell, Spain. With an investment of more than 7 million euros, the new centre will develop and test various energy systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. The construction of the TCE is included in SEAT’s recently announced 5 billion euro investment plan.
The future building, whose construction will be completed in April 2021, will have an area of around 1,500 square metres and include different test spaces for the evaluation of cell modules with lithium-ion technology, medium and high voltage batteries, as well as different chargers used in the entire range of electrified vehicles.
SEAT Vice-president for R&D, Werner Tietz, says: “We are very excited to announce the launch of this project. SEAT has been committed to the electrification of the company for years and the construction of this unique new Test Center Energy in Spain is a firm step in this direction. This new battery lab will enable us to develop the energy systems of future hybrid and electric vehicles, thus contributing to the creation of sustainable electromobility.”
The new TCE will join the combined low, medium and high voltage battery lab built by the company in 2010. Over the past decade, SEAT has carried out national and international research projects and conducted more than 2,000 test cases.