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ACE is a Solutions Provider for the Automotive Industry

ACE offers access to $125 Million Core Research Facility with advanced automotive testing technology and an experienced engineering and technical crew. ACE (originally the “Automotive Centre of Excellence”) has conducted thousands of tests with OEM’s, Tier 1’s, Tech Startups and Researchers from around the world. ACE provides Aerodynamic and Thermal testing in one of the world’s most capable Wind Tunnels along with Environmental, Durability and Acoustic Chambers

ACE has continuously expanded our technology and capability and have conducted testing on:

  • ICE Cars and Light Duty Trucks
  • EV’s
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Class 6-8 Trucks – Hydrogen, Diesel and Electric
  • Full Coach Buses
  • Motorcycles
  • ATV’s
  • Many other prototype mobility solutions

ACE collaborates with our clients to develop test plans that are efficient and deliver the results you need.

electric vehicle

“Typically we work with a client many weeks before testing to make sure we understand their testing and exactly what they want to achieve from their test plan” -Warren Karlson, Senior Engineering Manager, ACE

ACE areas of unique automotive testing capability:
  • Thermal testing on a dyno and Aerodynamic testing on a Moving Ground Plane in the same airflow
  • Precipitation Characterization
  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Freezing Rain
  • Sensor Soiling
  • 350 kw DC Fast Charger in chamber
  • Wind testing at Yaw (+/- 30o)
  • Hydrogen vehicle testing
  • -40o C to +60o C with 5% to 95% humidity control

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 “ACE is not just a facility, it is a solutions provider with technical expertise. As well, we develop trusted partnerships with our clients, so ACE becomes a facilitator of discovery. And in the end, we provide the scientific and defendable objective 3rd party verification of discovery for your product development” -John Komar, Executive Director, ACE

ACE automotive, truck and transit testing

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The unique test facilities at ACE help researchers and customers obtain a competitive edge by providing research, advanced development, testing and evaluation for all forms of surface vehicle transportation. ACE’s one-of-a-kind climatic test facility is an essential step in ensuring your products are of high quality when they go to market.

ACE’s five chambers include:

  • climatic wind tunnel with yawing capabilities
  • large climate chamber (solar and dyno)
  • small climate Chamber
  • climatic four-poster shaker
  • multi-axis shaker table located within an anechoic chamber

ACE is available for all automotive companies to test and perfect their products. Contact us for more information.

Typical test types for cars, trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles include:

Aerodynamic development

  • influence of chassis modifications on vehicle aerodynamics
  • cross-flow impact in adverse climate conditions
  • front-end and under-hood airflow characterization

HVAC and engine cooling development

  • performance under solar loading
  • underbody thermal management
  • various traffic patterns
  • defroster patterns
  • refrigerant charging
  • passenger comfort testing
  • component and system level testing
  • durability, life-cycle and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) testing
  • engine and fuel calibration
  • hill-climb simulation
  • snow/rain/freezing rain ingestion and accumulation
  • cold- and hot-start ability
  • battery performance under extreme conditions
  • splash and spray
  • windshield wiper performance