The Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI) is nested at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and is a leader in electromobility and socio-economic evaluations for sustainable mobility and logistics.
The multidisciplinary team of 70 specialists addresses the challenges that the transport value chain faces, by integrating engineering, economic, social and environmental sciences and policy issues. The strength of MOBI resides in proposing a unique combination of socio-economical, environmental & technical competencies, together with tools specifically developed for the sustainable transport sector.
From a technological perspective, the centre has a leading position in electromobility, thanks to its experience of over 40 years in electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles R&D. The centre possesses state-of-the-art infrastructure and models for the testing, development and design of components - batteries, supercapacitors, power converters -, vehicle power trains, and inductive and conductive charging infrastructure. Simulation techniques have been developed to define energy-efficient and low-emission power control strategies in hybrid propulsion systems.
The research group develops also socio-economic evaluations methods. The MAMCA© decision-making model enables the simultaneous evaluation of alternatives while explicitly including different stakeholders’ opinions at an early stage. The External Cost Calculator translates the externalities of transport imposed on society into monetary terms. MOBI also studies the transport users behaviors and recommends how to overcome the barriers to adoption by the citizens of new sustainable solutions and technologies.
MOBI has an extended network of international academic, industrial and local authority contacts. MOBI works closely together with different international scientific associations, including AVERE (www.avere.org), CITELEC (www.citelec.org) and EPE (www.epe-association.org).
Participation in EU Projects and International Activities
ELCIDIS, EVD-Post, SAGITTAIRE, FLEETS- Energy, EVIAC, PRAZE, E-TOUR, ELEDRIVE, SUBAT, HARMONY, INTELLICON, NEPH, COST542 HPSMT, ADVISORS, IMPROVER, IN-SAFETY, INTERACT
HyHEELS - Hybrid High Energy Electrical Storage
The group possesses considerable expertise in the scientific and operational management of multi-partner research projects, and is currently a scientific partner in twelve European projects. It has a unique position to address the EU roadmapping activities.