Calspan has extensive experience conducting crash tests on fully electric vehicles (EV) including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). In addition to tests on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles fueled by either gasoline, diesel fuel or compressed natural gas.
This includes, early development structural crash tests on components like frame rails, bumpers, front end assemblies. Followed by crash tests on skateboards and crash tests in support of sensor development, verification to domestic and global test protocols and field re-creation crash tests.
For these tests Calspan utilizes latest, reliable ruggedized data acquisition systems, high-speed cameras and its huge fleet of crash test dummies. Assets, which supplement its experienced personnel, and sound processes that consistently yields quality test results.
Calspan is the only, independent lab in the U.S with high-resolution load cells walls (full frontal, offset frontal, side pole & IIHS small overlap). Each providing Fx, Fy, Fz, My, Mz.
It’s normal at Calspan to instrument vehicles with 100’s of accelerometers, angular rate sensors, pressure gauges and potentiometers to get as much data as possible out of every test.
Calspan has considerable experience performing vehicle retro-fits and with rebuilding vehicles between tests so that a single asset can be utilized for multiple tests.