Electromobility means that the vehicles have electric motors for propulsion. Of particular interest are the vehicles where some or all of the electrical energy comes from the electricity grid. This means that the same vehicle can be driven from many different energy sources, which means a great deal of flexibility and reduced oil dependency. Electricity can potentially be produced with very low carbon dioxide emissions and is therefore a future solution for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, pure electric vehicles do not produce local emissions, which does not risk harmful particulate emissions where the vehicles are used.
The conversion to electrified vehicles is challenging. Vehicle manufacturers have invested heavily in today's internal combustion engine vehicles and have a staffing force that is adapted to current technology. Today's users are used to today's vehicles, from how far they can drive when refuelled, how long it takes to refuel, what they get for the money, etc. Electromobility means changes in both the behavior and costs of compared to corresponding fossil fuelled vehicles. Batteries are a key component that take up space in the vehicle, take considerably longer to replenish than the corresponding fossil fuels, and cost a lot for the corresponding range that fossil fuel vehicles have.
Electromobility solutions are developed and tested in labs but in some situation it is time to meet the market and do tests in real-life environments, so-called Living labs. The purpose of these tests is to study user behavior, i.e. how users use the new technology and what obstacles and opportunities they see. There are also opportunities to test new business models, i.e. study whether the companies succeed in offering a value-creating product or service. It is also interesting in some cases to see what practical and legal barriers exist to the introduction of new products and services.
RISE has long experience in testing new electromobility solutions in reality. For example, we were first to test induction charging of cars on a larger scale outside Europe, we were the first to implement and test charging solutions in vehicles that could be controlled by utility companies, and we are part of project consortia that test electric roads in real operation.
Feel free to contact the experts in the area if you have an idea of what electromobility solutions you want to test in reality. We at RISE work with all types of transport, such as electric scooters, passenger cars, buses and trucks, construction equipment, marine applications and electric aircraft. We help formulate research questions and what can be obtained from a reality-close test, find project partners, find funding and write a good application. If the product is not yet mature for reality-close testing, RISE can offer expertise and test opportunities in a controlled laboratory environment.