EMC just inaugurated the engine endurance department for their dedicated Mercedes-Benz Trucks Testing Facility in the captial, Abu Dhabi.
The world-class facility is a purpose-built facility at EMC’s Commercial Vehicles in Mussafah is one of 11 Daimler specialist test centers located on the globe, one that has been operating for three years. It tests heavy duty vehicles against all conditions, including the extreme high temperature and sandy environments which are so prevalent in the region. What is unique about the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Testing Facility in Abu Dhabi is that it is capable of testing the trucks at heavier loads and hotter ambient conditions than any other facility.
Reaching highs of 45 degrees and 100% humidity, the climate in the UAE is a stress test for the engine and vehicle. This facility enables Mercedes-Benz trucks to be tested against the most challenging desert conditions to ensure that they are safe and durable when travelling long distances.
The official opening of the facility took place In Mussafah on August 28th as EMC Commercial Vehicles General Manager Bilal AlRibi welcomed VIP guests.
Dr. Wolfgang Sladek, Head of the Testing Program for Mercedes-Benz AG from Germany said, “We really do appreciate the testing cooperation with EMC, here in Abu Dhabi, since this location provides extreme ambient conditions and allows for high gross vehicle weights. That combination puts a lot of load on both our powertrain and the entire vehicle which helps us find any possible weak spots fast to provide our customers with premium quality. In addition to the location, it is also the people that make this a success. We get really great support from EMC in everything we need.”
Bilal AlRibi said: “The total travel distance with the test fleet has recently reached a 6,000,000km mark, which demonstrates the level of testing it has gone through and the positive effect it had on the vehicle.”