SEEV4-City in a nutshell

SEEV4-City (Smart, clean Energy and Electric Vehicles for the City) is an innovative project funded by the EU Interreg North Sea Region Programme. Main objective is to demonstrate smart electric mobility solutions, integrating renewable-energy sources, encouraging take-up in cities
through ICT.
The project is piloting six demonstration projects across the North Sea Region focused on EVs integration and renewable energies:
  • Vehicle 2 Home: Loughborough
  • Vehicle 2 Business: Leicester & Kortrijk
  • Vehicle 2 Street/Neighbourhood: Amsterdam ArenA & Oslo
  • Vehicle 2 City: Amsterdam city
The main aim of SEEV4-City is to develop Smart Charging concepts into sustainable (commercially and socially viable) business models to integrate EVs and renewable energy planning through Sustainable Urban Mobility & Energy Plan (SUMEP).

Latest project news 

Amsterdam smart static EV charging results

City of Amsterdam is the first municipality in Europe to develop an operational electric vehicle charging system with a flexible load in the public space. With a phased approach, Amsterdam firstly chose the appropriate charging stations, based upon the intensity of charging and possibility to reduce the intensity without causing any inconvenience for the EV users. This resulted in the selection of 52 charging stations for which a ‘static smart charging profile’ was developed. Later increased charging, when a surplus of renewable energy is present, can be added including automatic switching etc. Focus now is on reducing the EV peak demand from the already existing energy peak. Later, increased charging, when a surplus of renewable energy is present, can be added.

Technical and software adaptations and communications for these charging profiles were developed and tested for different situations as labour, weekend and holidays, which resulted to be complex. The first ‘static smart charging profile’ was operational in August 2017.

At the left the desired energy peak shift, right the initial results from the pilot. Results of the static smart charging profile show peak reduction between 17 and 20 hours is realised, but this is followed by a significant demand peak direct after 20.00 hrs. Also during night and after 9 in the morning a peak is visible.

The first results show that charge load reduction was achieved and more renewable energy can be used for EV charging since charging loads increase during the day.
First analysis resulted in a number of recommendations. The two most important are:
  1. A good overall picture of the energy supply and demand (including buildings & solar energy installations)  and the electricity grid is required to know if the desired results are reached.
  2. The definition of the right scale to work, based on type of neighbourhood (residence/office/city centre/mix) & the grid substation in order to create valuable insight relevant for future merged EV and energy policy and strategy. 
Next steps will be adaptation of the profile and refinement of information on neighbourhood level to gain more insight on the potential of smart charging. Amsterdam will use this information for policy decisions EVs, PV and charging infrastructure. Read more about SEEV4-City smart EV charging results in Amsterdam here.

State-of-the art report

SEEV4-City produced a report summarizing the state-of-the-art on plug-in and full battery electric vehicles (EVs), smart charging and vehicle to grid (V2G) charging. The report can be requested through the project manager.


SEEV4-City is led by the Amsterdam University of Applied sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam):
Hugo Niesing

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