The Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre (AVEC) is a specialist group of academics and technical staff together with specialist research and development facilities.

AVEC is one of many centres of specialism at Cranfield. Recognising that a lot of activity, research and development spans across the University, Cranfield has a number of cross-cutting Themes which connect synergistic activities across the campus. In that way, AVEC belongs to the Transport Systems theme and, in doing so, connects with other themes on matters of Energy for automotive (fuels, electricity, hydrogen etc), Management on the vehicular side of supply-chain logistics, and Defence and Security for military vehicle development.

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About AVEC

AVEC focuses primarily on the development, application and evaluation of advanced vehicle technologies to help make vehicles more capable, lighter, greener and more efficient.

Working across multiple sectors including automotive, aerospace, agriculture, defence and motorsport, we leverage our specialisms in electric and hybrid vehicle batteries, autonomous vehicles, vehicle dynamics, brake system performance, hybrid material development for vehicle light-weighting, motorsport vehicle simulation and testing, mechatronic system development and tyre dynamics etc – all to provide a holistic technical solution to our commercial clients and a well-rounded, industry-linked education to our students.

For more information about the automotive technology areas we specialise in, please see our Expertise and Capabilities page.

Alternatively, you can read how to engage with AVEC on commercial or collaborative projects.   

Naturally, research and teaching forms the backbone of AVEC's academic work. We have provided research, development, education and training for the automotive and agricultural engineering sectors for more than 60 years and the motorsport sector for over 20 years. For more information and a list of our current courses, please see our Study section.