The new Auburn University lab will be financed in part by a $14 million grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration.  -  Photo: New Flyer

The new Auburn University lab will be financed in part by a $14 million grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration.

Photo: New Flyer

Alabama's Auburn University board approved the beginning phases of a $15 million research lab for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

The object is to make transit vehicles more efficient with increased levels of safety and reduced emissions.

Auburn’s Innovation Project

The Vehicle Research and Innovation Laboratory project is proposed as a testing facility to address challenges faced by transit vehicle manufacturers in adopting low- or no-emissions technologies. The project will have a multi-axle dynamometer, designed for full-sized transit vehicles within an environmental chamber, along with areas for component and engine testing, data analytical space, and general office space.

"This lab is going to allow us to make transit vehicles more efficient, with increased levels of safety and reduced emissions," said Mario Eden, dean of engineering. "Our research and expertise in this area is another example of how Auburn Engineering is addressing pressing issues with real-world solutions."

Funding and Next Steps

The new lab will be financed in part by a $14 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The facility will facilitate research on commercial vehicles, such as trucks and transit vehicles, along with components that are used in those vehicles.

The board also selected David Baker Architects of Birmingham, Ala., as the project architect for the Vehicle Research and Innovation Lab. The location of the lab has not been selected yet.

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