In the early 70’s, the first oil shock shook the planet. The blazing prices of oil barrels were starting to create panic into the households around the world and at the same time, the interest in ecology and the transition to a more rational use fossil resources were blooming.
From this point of view, Professor Gaston Maggetto saw electric mobility as an obvious solution to the problems posed by the use of oil in transport. In 1974 he established a research team and created the Department of Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology – ETEC – at his university, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Dutch-speaking university located in Brussels, Belgium.
Professor Maggetto and his team carried out many studies on batteries and recharging systems which helped grow their reputation. Ten years later they set up to journey from Brussels to the symposium of electric vehicles of Paris using the latest model of electric vehicle based on their research. It took them 20 hours at a speed of 30km/h but they reached their destination in time for the symposium!
This expedition marked their first experiment with fast charging and brought them international exposure. The international cooperative effort that emerged from this experience pushed Professor Maggetto to materialize this cooperation by founding various associations such as AVERE Belgium, AVERE (The European Association for Electromobility), CITELEC (Association of cities interested in Electric Vehicles) and EPE (European Association for Power Electronics). From then on, AVERE was created.
Professor Maggetto’s dream was to unite the forces of each country and each specialist to accelerate the transition so he created an international network: the French section focused on collaborating with car manufacturers, the Italian section with the electricity sector, the German section with the solar energy sector, etc.
Unfortunately, following his death on February 9th, 2007, the progress of his network was massively slowed down until it really stopped in 2008 due to the lack of interest by policymakers, influenced by the media. In 2010, the invention of the Lithium battery allowed a new wave of interest for electric vehicles and the network and his ambitions were revitalized!
Today, the association known as AVERE keeps pursuing Professor Maggetto’s dream through studies, research projects and international collaborations!