In 2014, the open innovation platform ‘Flemish Living Lab Electric Vehicles’ was concluded. A total of 70 Flemish companies collaborated for three years in a living lab on the accelerated introduction of electric cars in Flanders.
'The Flemish Living Lab Electric Vehicles’ was founded in 2011, on the initiative of the Flemish Minister of Innovation. More than 70 partners could test the innovative technologies, products, services and concepts via a representative test population in their real living and working environment. The goal was to make adjustments to the innovations and/or accelerate and to capture future needs. The introduction of electric mobility requires close cooperation between companies from different sectors (vehicles, charging infrastructure, energy and mobility), research centres and local governments.
VITO was responsible for the overall coordination of the Testing Grounds for Electric Vehicles via the Programme Office. The collaboration between the experimental partners was facilitated by themselves and the Programme Office was the focal point for the Flemish government and interested companies.
VITO also provided technical expertise via the Volt-Air platform. VITO was responsible for the data monitoring of electric vehicles in Volt-Air and mapped the daily use and energy flows. EnergyVille, in which VITO is a partner, also examined the practical integration of electric vehicles in company fleets and micro grids (smart grids) of companies. Also work was done with the EVA platform around smart charging infrastructure.