Vehicle and Systems Engineering

As a leader in advanced vehicle and systems engineering, CAVS has a growing range of in-house capabilities designed to advance our efforts in the development, validation and evaluation processes of our research.

Virtual Tour of Vehicle Capabilities

This virtual tour showcases some of the unique vehicle capabilities at CAVS. The video was originally created for the Southeastern Team Reducing the Impacts of Diesel Emissions (STRIDE) Collaborative and emphasizes our research in the area of emissions reductions.

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

On the forefront of vehicular research, CAVS is invested in maximizing the ability of vehicle components. The MSU center supports a diverse team of engineers who focus on optimizing the all elements of hybrid, electric and traditional vehicles, including motors, powertrain systems, engines, range capabilities and batteries. Those efforts also include supporting student teams, like Mississippi State University's EcoCAR team, a participant in the four-year competition sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy and General Motors.

Powertrain Engineering

CAVS has a variety of tools for in-house development, validation and evaluation of vehicle powertrains. Capabilities include vehicle testing with a four- wheel chassis dynamometer and component testing on batteries, electric motors and engines. CAVS' four-wheel chassis dynamometer is one of only three housed at a U.S. university.

Sample Preparation Machine with worker in background

The battery emulator allows for high-power, high-voltage testing of battery systems.

Sample Preparation Machine with worker in background

The chassis dynamometer provides test capability for batteries, electric motors, or complete powertrains.

Sample Preparation Machine with worker in background

The electric motor dyno allows for validation and characterization of large traction motors

Power Electronics Lab

An extensive electronic laboratory is available at CAVS for assembling electrical components and diagnosing/evaluating electrical hardware. Our team uses advanced power electronic devices and designs to increase power density in both industrial and military applications.

Engine Lab

CAVS has invested in research areas of testing and developing engines, specifically in areas of emission reduction. Equipment capabilities include various types of engines, dynamometers, and emission analysis technology.

Highbay Vehicle Lab

CAVS' highbay vehicle lab provides working space for vehicle-scale systems integration project such as the Halo Project and EcoCar. The lab includes vehicle lifts and standard vehicle shop equipment and tools.

highbay lab
highbay lab

Chemical, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties