From 1911, NPL carried out research into vehicles and transport, including road surface testing, impact of motor vehicles and the loudness of car horns. A machine was developed to test the endurance and wear of concrete and other road surfaces. The mechanism of skidding was explored using a motorcycle and special sidecar, the wheel of which had multiple movement and braking facilities.
Today, we are still supporting the latest developments in automotive technology. NPL provides purity measurements for hydrogen fuel and is a leader in hydrogen metrology. We work with industry, government and regulators as we strive to deliver solutions which overcome the measurement challenges associated with hydrogen-based technologies. To support the roll out of electric vehicles, we conduct research into next-generation battery technologies, both to increase their lifetime and develop new techniques for testing the claims and viability of new batteries.
NPL provides industry, customers, investors and regulators with confidence in new automotive technologies.
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