Electric cars kicked off Insero Live Lab


The freezing temperatures of the Danish winter did not manage to supress the good atmosphere, when the grand opening of Insero Live Lab took place in the village of Stenderup on January 25th – nearly 200 people showed up at the event, which included a caravan of electric cars, champagne and cutting of the ‘green ribbon’. The project was officially inaugurated by one of the participating families, who took their new electric car for a ride.

Decorations included balloons, champagne, cake and a ‘green ribbon’ for the inauguration ceremony when residents of Stenderup, participating families, partners, community officials, national and international press as well as other interested parties arrived at the local school, where the opening ceremony took place.

– We have worked really hard on this project during the past year – trees have been sacrificed, chimneys have been cut down, leaks have been closed, floors have been torn up, and walls have been moved. Thank you to the families of Stenderup! Without you, this project would not have been possible, said Mogens Vig Pedersen, CEO at Insero, in the opening speech.

GrandOpening1GrandOpening2The electric cars, which the families will be testing as part of the project, were greeted with a round of applause as they silently drove into the parking lot. Prior to the grand opening, the families in the project had already had their houses fitted with heat pumps, solar panels and measuring equipment for indoor climate, so they were really looking forward to getting their electric cars – and there was joyful chatter about which particular car would go to which family.

A joint effort in the battle for the environment
The Mayor of the municipality of Hedensted, Kirsten Terkilsen, also visited Stenderup to participate in the official opening of Insero Live Lab. Before she inaugurated the project, she praised the residents for their dedication:

– In the battle for the environment, an effort must be made on both a national, a municipal and a local level. This here is a small step on the road to a greener world, and it is because of your commitment that we have succeeded, said Mayor Kirsten Terkilsen before she, Mogens Vig Pedersen and the Bodholdt family – one of the participating families in the project – cut the ‘green ribbon’.

Today we press ON
The grand opening also marks the official start of the Insero Live Lab – which is part of the European FINESCE project – and the beginning of measuring and development. The participating families were therefore introduced to the intelligent management of their homes and the online web portal, which visualizes energy consumption. Then, finally, came the moment when the families received the keys to their new Nissan Leaf electric car – and the exciting first drive towards a greener everyday life could begin.

This post is also available in: Danish