The ElaadNL Testlab is a unique laboratory and test site for the testing of and research on electric cars, charging infrastructure and Smart Charging. It is located in the woods of business park Arnhems Buiten at the headquarters of ElaadNL in Arnhem. The Testlab enables 1 million electric vehicles in 2025 can charge smart, smoothly, safe and are compatible with the infrastructure.
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 testing ground several high frequency power quality meters are implemented, which monitor the effect electric vehicles have on the electricity grid.
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.
These themes are tested and researched in the following ways:
Put your EV to the test
The ElaadNL Testlab provides the opportunity for EV manufacturers to test the functionality of (new models) EVs. EV manufactures are allowed to do this independently or with the professional support of ElaadNL. The following tests can be executed:
Put your Smart Charging innovation to the test
All elements on the test site combined form a Smart Charging ecosystem. This smart system, including local energy production and storage, can be used for research on Smart Charging. For example for parties that want to test new Smart Charging services (such as a smart app) or would like to test a new Smart Charging system in a controllable situation.
Put your charging station to the test
Manufacturers of charging stations and municipalities or provinces that are expanding their network of charging stations are also welcome at the ElaadNL Testlab. The following tests can be executed:
Would you like to have more information? Or would you like to test at the ElaadNL Testlab? Please contact us!
The ElaadNL Test site is made possible by the INVADE H2020 project that is part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program of the EU, grant agreement No 731148.