Symposium on predicting EV uptake and charging

Program now available 

On November 13th, ElaadNL in Arnhem will host a symposium presenting the EV uptake and charging model. We have added the names of our primary speakers and the program is now available. The Sparkcity Model (formerly known as ‘ABCD-Model’) will be the center of all activities.

Time: November 13th from 12:30 to 17:00
Location: ElaadNL headquarters at Utrechtseweg 310, 6812 AR Arnhem
Contact and reservation: You can sign-up (it’s free!) by sending an email to

Symposium on predicting EV uptake and charging - program

12:30 Reception (coffee/tea) at ElaadNL in Arnhem
13:00 – 14:45 A Tour of the SparkCity model (with Q&A after each presentation)

  • Maarten Steinbuch (Symposium chair and distinguished prof. at the TU/e): Introduction: why the TU/e, ElaadNL and NKL support models of radical disruption like SparkCity.
  • Auke Hoekstra (founder of the model and senior advisor electric mobility at the TU/e): Model overview: why we made computer models of seven entire neighborhoods (so far).
  • Peter Hogeveen (modeler and consultant at EV Consult): A prediction for EV adoption based on types of cars, people and neighborhoods.
  • Anand Vijayashankar (modeler and researcher at the TU/e): How municipalities and car manufacturers influence the need for public chargers.
  • Michiel van Lelyveld (modeled smart charging for his master thesis at the UU): The impact of smart charging on renewable energy supply and the electricity grid.

14:45 Break with refreshments
15:15 Practical Applications of the SparkCity Model

  • Roland Ferwerda (NKL): The foreseen impact of the SparkCity Model on government, science and market
  • Peter Swart (municipality of Arnhem): How Arnhem wants to anticipate future developments by using the model
  • Gijs van der Poel (EV expert, formerly at Over Morgen, now at Alliander): Different charge point roll-out scenario’s: implications for municipalities and CPOs
  • Arjan Wargers (innovation manager at ElaadNL): The impact of EV adoption, car types, municipal strategies and smart charging on the grid
  • Discussion with sponsors (TU/e, ElaadNL and NKL), experts and audience: How can the SparkCity model be useful going forward?

16:30 Informal Reception; Engage in networking and ask one-on-one questions while drinks and snacks are being served.

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About the SparkCity model

The SparkCity model explores questions like:

  • What can we expect in terms of adoption of electric vehicles?
  • How could the national government most effectively accelerate adoption?
  • What is the (public) charging infrastructure needed under different scenarios?
  • How could municipalities and charge point operators use that knowledge?
  • What is the impact of Smart Charging on renewable energy and the grid?

The SparkCity model used to be called the ABCD-model (agent-based, buying, charging, driving model). Auke Hoekstra on the name change: ‘At the launch on the 13th of November we will move from that somewhat dry and functional work-title to the new name SparkCity. The “spark” symbolizes the move to electricity that is inherent in moving to a renewable energy and mobility system. It also symbolizes that we want to spark creativity, inspiration and good policy. The “city” refers to the fact that we recreate entire places to live inside our model in the computer. (We could also have called it SparkNeighborhood or SparkNation but… nah).’ -

The SparkCity model is not a conventional top-down model but a so-called agent-based model. Simply put: you load maps of actual neighborhoods into the computer and animate them with people and their vehicles going around their day. You can use those neighborhoods to conduct cheap experiments in the computer. For example: what will happen if batteries and thus electric vehicles keep getting cheaper?
To find out more about the model and it’s possibilities, join us on November 13th!

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