The ElaadNL Testlab is a unique laboratory and test site for the testing of and research on electric cars, charging infrastructure and Smart Charging systems. It is located in the business park Arnhems Buiten at the headquarters of ElaadNL in Arnhem. The Testlab has all the facilities to make sure the expected 1 million electric vehicles in The Netherlands in 2025 can charge smart, smoothly, safe and are compatible with the infrastructure and the electricity grid. All manufacturers of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and smart energy systems are more than welcome to test their products with us.
The ElaadNL Testlab is fully equipped to carry out unique tests and research. It contains all types of charging stations that are present in the public domain in the Netherlands. Including a fast charger, a battery, different charging lampposts, a charging plaza of 18 charge points, AC V2G-ready charging stations, windmills and solar panels. Together it forms a complete smart energy system. All stations are able to Charge Smart and the energy flows will be managed by a central and controllable system. In the test site several high frequency power quality meters are implemented, which monitor the effect electric vehicles have on the electricity grid.
Tests are performed to make sure final customers can charge as efficiently, cost effective and smoothly as possible.The tests mainly take place on three themes:
1. Smart Charging
Tests with Smart Charging: instructing the electric car and infrastructure to charge faster or slower at certain times. For example, when extra power from the sun or wind is available or if an overload of the local electricity grid occurs. We can also test whether an electric car is Smart Charging ready: can the car handle different charging speeds and delayed charging? Does it respond in time and is the car still charging efficiently at lower speeds?
2. Power Quality
Testing Power Quality. What effect does a charging electric car have on the quality of the electric current, the voltage and the stability of the electricity grid? If vehicles cause distortion of the grid voltage, this can lead to problems on other connected electrical devices, but also on electric cars and charging stations themselves. The effects can be recorded in detail and studied at the ElaadNL Test Lab.
Car manufacturers and battery manufacturers can test their products at the ElaadNL Test Lab on interoperability and compatibility. For example, a new model of electric car can be tested on the interaction with all the different types of charging stations in the Netherlands before it enters our roads in large numbers. This ensures car manufacturers that their car can communicate correctly with the different types of charging stations in the Netherlands, so that charging problems can be prevented.