Automotive Research & Design was founded in 1987 as a technology company specializing in the development of Electric Vehicle (EV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) propulsion systems. Our technical expertise has positioned AR&D as one of the first private training and consulting companies to offer EV/HEV education and training to the automotive aftermarket and educational industries.
The interest for EV and HEV propulsion systems experienced significant growth in the late 1990s, which prompted us to expand our training course offering, course materials, and other technical services. In addition to our products and services, AR&D has focused on developing solid business partnerships with several organizations in an effort to expand our ability to support the demands of the market within numerous industries in need of a Hybrid Vehicle Systems training solution.
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Why keep batteries cool in hybrid vehicles? Heat can damage batteries, cause battery imbalance, shorten battery life and reduce the available power to a vehicle. Watch a video for an overview of hybrid battery cooling systems.
Some key items to look for when you're looking for a hybrid vehicle scan tool. AR&D's Jeff Minter discusses key features to look for with vehicle compatibility, scan tool platforms and data capabilities.
In this tech tip, Jeff Minter's AR&D discusses using scan tools as part of the process when diagnosing hybrid vehicles. He goes over the different functionality to look for between aftermarket and OE scan tools.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Motor Testing tool , No. AT33, comes as a hand-held test instrument for testing the special motor types encountered in electric and hybrid vehicles. It can be used as a complete system solution for stand-alone troubleshooting and...
The Generation III Battery Discharge Unit (BDU) available from Automotive Research and Design comes as a microprocessor-controlled test unit that will test the energy and power capabilities of Ni-MH or Li-Ion based hybrid and electric vehicle...