The last challenging stage of the project has just started: developed concepts and solutions are to be validated/verified through virtual and experimental testing. Laboratory based testing of both the ORCA truck and bus demonstrator vehicles is to be executed with feasible, realistic and representative conditions. The ORCA simulation framework developed earlier in the project (EMS, TCO, LCA) will be fed with results and used as extended functionality towards a virtual testing environment to determine overall performances.

In the upcoming months, the ORCA partners will further detail test conditions for the ORCA plug-in hybrid demonstrator vehicles and define a day-by-day test matrix considering performance test and transport assignments including battery charging.