January 30, 2018

Blast From The Past: The 1979 Brussels Electric Vehicle Experiment

In 1979, nine electric vehicles were used for the Brussels Electric Vehicle Experiment in the context of an automatic sharing system. Two sharing stations were set up at the VUB campuses in Etterbeek and Jette. The vehicles were used for the needs of the VUB staff and were a familiar sight on the campus until the beginning of the 1990s.

This experiment was scientifically supported by ETEC, with special attention being paid to the problem of battery charging. New fast chargers were developed using power electronics and test drives on the open road were soon to follow. This allowed the distance Brussels-Paris, on the occasion of the EVS symposium in Versailles, to be covered in one haul, using intermediate fast charges.