Vehicle Electrification

Plugging in electric vehicle supply equipment to charge the battery of a Chevrolet Volt in the thermal test chamber at Argonne’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility.

Plugging in electric vehicle supply equipment to charge the battery of a Chevrolet Volt in the thermal test chamber at Argonne’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility.

Argonne energy storage research is advancing the future of electric vehicles by developing battery technologies that can increase the range, reliability and safety of electric vehicles while also reducing their cost.

Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility (APRF) provides state-of-the-art tools for hybrid and electric vehicle research. The APRF enables engineers to conduct vehicle benchmark testing and research activities that provide data critical to the development and commercialization of next-generation vehicles.

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