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Research Institute of the Automotive Industry with the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Govt. of India
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Vehicle Evaluation

Introduction
Major Facilities
Special Facilities
Details of Vehicle Test Tracks
Capabilities / Services Offered by VEL
Specialized Services Offered
Specialized Services Offered

Assessment of vehicles from fire hazard
Fire is one of the major disasters which causes more damage to the human kind and nation than all other disasters combined. Of recent, there have been spate of incidences of vehicles catching fire, in dynamic as well as static mode

To address this issue, ARAI has pro-actively entered into an MoU with M/s SP Technical Research Institute, Sweden, who are pioneer in fire fighting with more than thirty years of experience to their credit.

The Vehicle Evaluation Department facilitates such exercise for OEMs for fire assessment.

Fire Incidences – Cars Fire Incidences – HCVs

Vehicle validation trials
The Vehicle Evaluation Department also undertakes Validation Trials or Endurance Running of vehicles, for performance assessment vis-à-vis Indian load, road and climatic conditions. Test vehicle(s) are subjected to different routes at, viz.

  Dense Traffic   Highways
  Coastal Area   Heat & Dust (Rajasthan)
  High Altitude (Shimla)   Cross Country Roads & Ghat Sections

Under different climatic conditions, viz.
  High Temperature   Monsoon
  Low Temperature / High Altitude    

So far, VEL has undertaken Validation trials on behalf of five nos. of overseas reputed OE manufacturers and have covered cumulative running of more than 3,50,000 km.

High Temperature
Environment
(Rajasthan Desert)
Monsoon Trials
(Western Ghats)
High Altitude
(Simla)
Cross Country Roads,
(Konkan)

Winter testing at Sweden
Few Photographs of Winter
Testing at Sweden
Winter testing is defined as the Performance evaluation of Fully built vehicle / subsystems/components at sub-zero Temperatures. The most apt location for carrying out Winter Testing is at Sweden.

India is fast emerging as the hub of small cars ,design & development centre & low cost components. Besides, large number of Indian OEMs are planning to export their products to overseas markets including Europe & the US.

Hence Winter Testing will aid Indian Manufacturers  in upgrading their export products (vehicles / components), for quality performance vis-à-vis Global Market requirements.

ARAI has signed an MoU with Invest in Sweden (IsA), for Winter Testing activity.

Accreditation of bus body builders facility
Accreditation of Bus Body Builders
at Their Premises
ARAI has been nominated by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), for undertaking Accreditation of Bus Body Builders, in the East and North Zones, as per S.O. 425(E) dated 23-March-2007.

So far, Vehicle Evaluation Laboratory has undertaking accreditation exercise for 19 (nineteen) nos. of Bus Body Builders in Northern Zone and 04 (four) Nos. of Bus Body Builders in the Eastern Zone.

Other specialized services
VEL has the expertise for handling specialized Projects such as,
  Benchmarking Exercise
  Evaluation of Stand-alone Air Conditioning Product Specifications
  Evaluation of Static AC Developmental Trials
  Accreditation of Test Tracks.