Advanced Powertrain Research Facility

Argonne's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility (APRF) enables researchers to conduct vehicle benchmarking and testing activities that provide data critical to the development and commercialization of next-generation vehicles.

APRF engineers use the facility's two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) dynamometers and state-of-the-art instrumentation to reveal important information on performance, fuel economy, energy consumption and emissions output.

The APRF is capable of testing conventional, hybrid and advanced electrical propulsion systems using a variety of standard and renewable fuels in a precise laboratory environment. Equipment includes:

  • SULEV-certified emissions benches
  • Particulate measurement system
  • Fast flame ionization detection
  • Fast NOx measurement system
  • Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometer
  • High power tester
  • Mobile emissions benches
  • In-house developed mobile CAN data logger
  • Safety system capable of detecting all hazardous gases, heat and smoke
  • Environmental Test Cell for extreme temperature studies with electric vehicles
  • Air handling system that cleans and conditions test air within Environmental Protection Agency certification limits

Vehicle data obtained in the APRF is used to:

  • Support the DOE in evaluating current and future technologies and developing transportation goals and policy for petroleum displacement
  • Aid in the development and optimization of advanced technologies to expand commercial applications
  • Demonstrate alternative fuel benefits and promote energy diversity
  • Provide unbiased research results for many stakeholders

For more information, please download Driving the Future.