Low Carbon Engineering Development

The engineering design and development team deliver complex solutions to customer specifications working in all areas of low carbon vehicle engineering including design for assembly (DFA) and design for manufacture (DFM).  MIRA offers expertise in the key areas of low carbon engineering, including:

Low Carbon Underbody Engineering

  • vehicle architecture, chassis design and integration, structural analysis, material definition, driveline integration, system and component packaging and electrical architecture

Low Carbon Upperbody Engineering

  • lightweight BIW design and development, lightweight material selection and structural analysis, crashworthiness and aerodynamic optimisation

System Integration

  • functional safety, new component packaging, electrical hardware integration, high voltage systems architecture and safety, powertrain and drivetrain integration including alternative propulsion systems, and energy modelling optimisation

MIRA has an in depth understanding of the requirements to deliver a low carbon vehicle to production and therefore means that we have a capability similar to most OEMs in terms of automotive development.

  • Battery Systems & Battery Management Systems

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    MIRA has considerable experience developing bespoke battery packs and battery management systems (BMS) for automotive, commercial and military vehicle applications.

     
     

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  • Certification & Homologation

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    MIRA is a leading independent product engineering, testing, consultancy and certification organisation, experienced in a wide range of certification & homologation services for automotive and non-automotive products. This diverse range of knowledge and experiences has also taken into account the changing face of legislation guiding low carbon vehicles, encompassing the diversity of alternative fuel vehicles as well as the pure electric vehicle and hybrid fleets and their individual needs and requirements.

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  • Electrical & Control Systems

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    MIRA is at the forefront of electrical and control systems engineering. Building on our proven electrical and control systems capability MIRA leads market development in the four key engineering areas of; hybrid and electric vehicle development, unmanned ground vehicles and intelligent transport systems.

     

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  • Functional Safety

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    Functional safety is part of system safety engineering and is concerned with helping to avoid the incorrect functioning of the complex and highly integrated electronic systems that are an essential part of modern vehicles.

     

     

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  • Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Systems

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    MIRA has developed hybrid vehicle technology for applications including; commercial vehicles, passenger cars, high performance sports-cars, luxury limousines and defence vehicles.

     


     

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  • Low Carbon Aerodynamics

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    Optimising vehicle aerodynamics to reduce drag is a major factor in producing the fuel efficient vehicles of the future. 
    MIRA's expertise in CFD modelling combined with the UK's only full scale automotive wind tunnel means that MIRA has a unique aerodynamic development and testing capability.
     
     

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  • Low Carbon EMC Engineering

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    MIRA EMC has the expertise to test electric Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) whilst in a Road Load Simulation (RLS) test mode to ensure a worst-case condition. We can also test to the requirements of the EMC directive 2004/108/EC which will also apply to vehicles that plug into the domestic or industrial power supplies. The requirements form the basis of a CE mark and MIRA can act as the notified body for this type of requirement.

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  • NVH Engineering for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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    The motor industry is increasingly seeing the introduction of alternative means for powering more environmentally friendly vehicles. The use of electric devices in addition to traditional internal combustion (IC) engines introduces new sources of noise in electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs).

     

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  • Safety Development

    Safety Development image MIRA has expertise in the safety development and crash testing of electric and hybrid electric vehicles (EV/HEV). Having worked with many vehicle manufactures delivering platform conversions, CAE and safety integration solutions, MIRA is well placed to deliver to Federal and European requirements.
    MIRA uses a Passive Safety Integration approach with expertise applied to EV/HEV critical elements. Previous activities include floor pan redesigns, power train layout options, and the safe retention and routing of cables, power units and traction units.

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  • Thermal Systems for Low Carbon Vehicles

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    In traditional vehicles, the heating and defrost demands in winter, and cooling requirements in summer are largely absorbed, unnoticed, by the powerplant.



     

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  • Low Carbon Vehicle Dynamics

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    The advent of low carbon vehicle architectures has enabled MIRA’s Vehicle Dynamics team to develop a novel control system that can enhance the handling performance of hybrid and electric vehicles.


     

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  • Full Scale Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel

    Full Scale Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel image MIRA has the UK’s only full scale aerodynamic wind tunnel providing a cost-effective solution for aerodynamic test and development for a wide range of applications from automotive vehicle development, motorsport, aerospace, wind engineering, structures and sport sectors to name but a few.

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  • Crash Laboratory

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    Over 50 years of involvement in crash testing research and development has enabled MIRA to become a centre of excellence in safety development.
    Working with customers from all around the world we are able to deliver all types of crash testing and supporting services to meet and certify to Euro NCAP, European, U.S and other worldwide safety standards.

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  • Low Carbon EMC Engineering

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    MIRA EMC has the expertise to test electric hybrid and electric vehicles whilst in a RLS (Road Load Simulation) test mode to ensure a worst-case condition.
    We can also test to the requirements of the EMC directive 2004/108/EC which will also apply to vehicles that plug into the domestic or industrial power supplies. The requirements form the basis of a CE mark and MIRA can act as the notified body for this type of requirement.

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  • innovITS ADVANCE facility

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    The innovITS ADVANCE facility based at MIRA provides a safe, comprehensive and fully controllable purpose built 'cityscape' test track environment to develop, validate and demonstrate new ITS innovations.

     

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