Argonne National Laboratory

Vehicle and Component Benchmarking

Vehicle and Component Benchmarking

At Argonne’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility (APRF), researchers conduct vehicle benchmarking and testing activities that provide data critical to the development and commercialization of next-generation vehicles. Engineers use the facility’s two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive dynamometers and state-of-the-art instrumentation to reveal important information on performance, fuel economy, energy consumption and emissions output. Conventional, hybrid and advanced electrical propulsion systems are tested.

Working with the U.S. Department of Energy and the automotive industry, Argonne’s vehicle research helps provide solutions to significantly improve vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions. 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, and
  • Provide unbiased research results for many stakeholders.

Learn more about Argonne's Downloadable Dynamometer Database (D3).