It was announced this week that Hyundai Motor America has received a $2.5 million grant from the state of Michigan to expand its hot/cold weather Dynamometer Test facility.
The expansion comes at the Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. that is based in Superior Township, outside of Ann Arbor, Mich. The funds received are going to help underwrite the overall $15 million cost.
According to an AnnArbor.com report by Lizzy Alfs, “The State of Michigan will fund construction of a new power substation at the Superior Township center that will improve the power output to the building — an upgrade Hyundai desperately needed. Superior Township has offered support to the project in the form of a tax abatement.”
Turns out that not even modern testing facilities like that Hyundai is (and it is a beautiful space) immune to power grid problems.
“This investment and promise of a Hot/Cold Weather Testing facility in Michigan reinforces Hyundai and Kia’s commitment to U.S. vehicle development and American jobs,” said Dr. Cho, president, HATCI. “Investing in our locations, products and people is critical to Hyundai and Kia’s ability to compete with the best in the business. Hyundai and Kia are committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the State of Michigan, to be competitive in the marketplace.”
Hyundai is the current leader in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and the new Hot/Cold Climate Weather facility will allow engineers to perform the EPA SC03 Supplemental Federal Test Procedure (SFTP) with air-conditioning and the cold FTP. The SC03 test is conducted at 95°F and the cold FTP test is conducted at 20°F. The new Hyundai facility will be able to reach temperatures of -40°F to more than 245°F. Vehicles must sit (soak) for a period of time at the controlled ambient temperature before dynamometer emissions testing can be performed. This will happen inside the weather chambers that Hyundai is constructing. Currently, Hyundai and the EPA are contracting these very expensive tests out. The EPA is also constructing a new testing facility that will test vehicles running on alternative fuels.
“Hyundai’s investment and growing presence here demonstrates Michigan’s singular leadership in industrial engineering, research, design and technological innovation,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “I was pleased to meet with the Hyundai’s most senior leadership in Korea and celebrate today’s announcement as an endorsement of all that our state can offer for a world-class company.”
In planning to secure Hyundai and Kia’s future vehicle development presence in the state, Hyundai worked closely with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Superior Township and Ann Arbor SPARK.
The Hyundai America Technical Center Superior Township location opened in 2005 and has approximately 170 employees.