Thule has developed its own Thule Test Program™ with over 25 custom Thule standards that raise the bar for security substantially and in many cases surpass existing ISO standards. Thule apply both standard tests required for products to be approved under prevailing laws and regulations, and more extreme and far-reaching tests. Everything from fall, impact, shock and strength tests to tests simulating Australian heat, Siberian cold and the sunshine of Arizona. These tests are complemented with real life tests where the products are tested again and again in their authentic environment to reach the ambitious targets set.
Short facts about Thule Test Center™:
Size: 1,200 square meters, equivalent to about 5 tennis courts
Number of employees: Thule Group has 260 employees in Hillerstorp of which 55 people work with product development, design and testing in Thule Test Center™.
Tests conducted: Everything from fall, impact, shock and strength tests to tests simulating Australian heat, Siberian cold and the sunshine of Arizona. These tests are complemented with product tests in their real environment.
Products tested: Equipment for cycling, water and winter sports, roof boxes, bike trailers, child bike seats, strollers, laptop and camera bags, backpacks and cases for mobile phones, etc.
Number of possible tests: 500 different standards can be verified
Number of tests / year: Approximately 1,000
Number of days one year of driving is simulated at: 1 day
Number of months where 2 years of sunlight is simulated in: 2 months
Number of simulated run mil per year: 5.6 million kilometers (equivalent to 460 times around the world)
Climate-testing lab: Every year Thule Group simulates 5.6 million kilometers driving in tests of various products. The climate impact caused by these laboratory tests are only a fraction of the comparable impact from the real car testing. The consumption of electricity in 2014 was approximately 287,000 kWh. which means that less than 3 kilograms of carbon dioxide provides carbon footprint. To test drive 5.6 million kilometers by car would emit 750 tons of CO2.