Elaad Testlab for research into charging electric cars opened by the King

Today, His Majesty the King opened ElaadNL’s new test laboratory in Arnhem. De Koning connected an electric garbage truck and officially started the first charging session in the new laboratory. After a guided tour where different types of tests were explained, in the afternoon there was an information market with different types of charging infrastructure and electric vehicles, including an electric plane, electric motors, a passenger car that can also supply power back (V2G), electric buses, the solar car, an electric excavator and a state-of-the-art electric asphalt spreader. Hundreds of interested people became acquainted with ElaadNL’s new test laboratory.

A new era of electric transport

Upon his arrival, the king was accompanied by Arnhem’s mayor, Ahmed Marcouch, and the king’s commissioner, John Berends. Director Onoph Caron of ElaadNL, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Heijnen and Deputy Witjes of the Province of Gelderland gave short speeches on their vision of the future of electric mobility. Caron thanked the province of Gelderland, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the network operators for making this important step possible for ElaadNL. He also stressed the importance of testing during the transition to electric transport. And not only for charging electric cars, but also for larger and heavier electric cars such as electric buses and trucks and the associated charging infrastructure.

Onoph Caron, Director ElaadNL: »More and more vehicles are becoming electric: not only passenger cars, but also motorcycles, vans, large buses, trucks and even heavy construction equipment, inland vessels and small aircraft. In order to be able to charge all these electric vehicles without problems, tests are necessary, in addition to the type approval from RDW. These tests can now be performed at our new test center in Arnhem. ‘

Vivianne Heijnen, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management: ElaadNL is the first in the world to test the interaction between trucks, charging stations and the electricity grid on this scale. A great prelude to a new era of electric transport! The Netherlands is doing very well, we are the world leader. Major international charging station manufacturers and platform providers come from here. In total, 7,000 people in the Netherlands earn their living in this sector, a turnover of about 5 billion euros. ‘

Open and international

Charging station manufacturers, charging station operators, energy service providers, network operators, educational institutions and car manufacturers can use ElaadNL’s test facilities. Measuring equipment is available to measure the power quality and infrastructure is available to charge power in a short time and with high power. The entire communication chain of vehicle, charging station, registration system and interaction with, for example, solar panels and local energy systems can also be examined in the test laboratory. In addition, cybersecurity in this communication is an area of ​​attention. Good cyber security of charging infrastructure is of great importance to ensure the stability of the electricity grid.

Other conditions tested in the laboratory are interoperability (can any vehicle charge without problems with each charging station?), Connection of charging stations to the mains (the legal task of network operators) and smart charging or Smart Charging. With the latter, the charging speed and time are adapted to, for example, the availability of locally produced electricity from solar and wind, the space on the electricity grid or to variations in electricity prices. During tests, it is checked whether the electric car follows the control signals correctly. A successful implementation of smart charging on a large scale is necessary to be able to charge a large number of electric cars without problems in the near future.

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