MOBI has a long track record in the field of electric vehicles, which is now expanding to include research into autonomous vehicles. We are internationally recognized for our vast experience and expertise related to vehicle powertrain design, battery research, environmental assessments, socio-economic evaluations and standardization. We are also a MOBI Core Lab within Flanders Make - Driving innovation.
The assessment, design and optimisation of electric powertrains represent a major pillar of MOBI’s expertise in the field of clean and energy-efficient vehicles. Our dedicated test infrastructure and simulation platforms have proven to be essential assets in various collaborative projects with the industry and are reinforcing our leading position in the field of electromobility.
Our holistic and multidisciplinary approach of e-mobility encompasses expert tools to assess the Total Cost of Ownership of a fleet, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Analyses, and user preference analyses comparing electric and hybrid vehicles with other alternative and conventional vehicles. Dedicated GIS-based models have been developed to assess and design the intelligent roll-out of charging infrastructure. In addition, a simulation platform that optimally co-designs charging infrastructure and onboard batteries for heavy-duty vehicles has been developed.
Thanks to our comprehensive expertise, we perform cutting-edge design and optimization for a large spectrum of technologies for electric vehicles. We have developed various highly advanced and innovative control algorithms, testing protocols and dynamic models for improving control and energy strategies, and for boosting the efficiency of a design under a wide variety of load conditions. Furthermore, thanks to a highly-advanced simulation platform we can perform detailed analysis and control of new electric powertrain concepts and their dynamic behaviour. Our simulation tools facilitate the modelling of electric propulsion systems in a wide variety of applications.
We have in-house infrastructure to test electric vehicles. Our infrastructure consists of on-road measurement equipment for dynamic vehicle monitoring, as well as a vehicle dyno-roller test bench. Additionally, we have some self-build electric vehicles and a number of production electric and hybrid vehicles.
We use our infrastructure to produce digital twin models of numerous vehicle components and fleets. We perform vehicle modeling, design specification & optimization, codesign methodologies, virtual tests and HiL testing. Furthermore, we work on energy management systems (EMS) for connected plug-in, hybrid, electric vehicles and fleets. We apply standard, optimization-based and prediction-based EMS to enable next generation controllers. We use our highly advanced EMS approaches within a multi-level strategy framework, for the full electrification of bus lines in cities, eco-driving, eco-charging and eco-comfort for all end users. Find out all about our test infrastructure here.
The electrification of vehicles currently develops simultaneously with the automation of vehicles. We lead a strategic research program on autonomous mobility and logistics. We study user acceptance of the technology in combination with behavioural change. We use an agent-based simulation model to assess the effects of automation on the transport system and evaluate the multiple impacts on society, from a multi-stakeholder and multi-criteria perspective. Our expertise is both theoretical (model development) and empirical, with our own shuttle project on the university campus.