Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics met the leaders of TÜV Rheinland, one of the world’s leading technical certification and development companies, to discuss the company’s possible further investments in Hungary.
TÜV Rheinland, which has been cooperating with the Hungarian State for almost 30 years, is currently building a new battery testing center west of Cologne in Germany.
What the company learns during this construction will also be usable during the construction of its planned battery test center in Hungary. This cooperation, with the participation of the Hungarian government, would be its first in Eastern Europe and would mainly be to expand its testing capacities in the field of hydrogen and batteries.
Vehicle production plays a key role in domestic economic growth, exports and employment, and the introduction of clean technologies for a sustainable future is a key priority. This can be further supported if Hungary can test the conformity and safe operation of modern electric vehicles, batteries and fuel cells by creating a suitable test environment.
In addition to the testing of conventional and autonomous vehicles, the development may also include infrastructure suitable for the qualification of agricultural vehicles and equipment. These facilities will all be built in and around the ZalaZONE automotive test track in Zalaegerszeg.
TÜV Rheinland also intends to expand its activities in the field of self-driving test services on the ZalaZONE test track.
Following the establishment of its first services in 2020, the company would advance its Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD).
By 2025, the ZalaZONE test track will become TÜV Rheinland’s leading competence center for Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD).