Argonne National Laboratory

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.