FEV was founded in 1978 as a privately held company by Prof. Franz Pischinger who, at the time, headed the Institute for Applied Thermodynamics at the Technical University of Aachen. We have grown into an internationally-recognized leader in the design and development of internal combustion engines, conventional, electric, and alternative vehicle drive systems, energy technology, and a major supplier of advanced testing and instrumentation products and services to some of the world's largest OEMs.
In 1985, FEV expanded its business into North America, initially in California, and then relocating in 1987 to suburban Detroit, Mich., where FEV’s North American Technical Center , constructed in 1997, is located.
After significant growth and expansion in Europe and the U.S., FEV entered the Chinese market with the establishment of an office in Beijing, China in 1998. Entering the new millennium, with its Asian business growing rapidly, FEV established it’s Asian Technical Center in Dalian, China, providing the company with a powertrain and vehicle development facility to support its customers in that region.
Most recently, in 2009, FEV completed construction of it’s new India Technical Center in Pune.
Also in 2009, FEV also opened a world-class durability testing center in Brehna, Germany, near Leipzig with 31 engine and powertrain durability cells. The Brehna facility is currently undergoing additional expansion.
As vehicle propulsion systems continue to evolve, becoming more integrated and complex, FEV’s service capabilities have expanded into the area of transmission and driveline development. The introduction of electric and hybrid electric propulsion systems, as well as the development of alternative fuel vehicles, also provide opportunities for FEV to expand is service offering. FEV also provides services in the areas of vehicle integration and calibration, wind power, and test and instrumentation systems.