Powered 2 and 3-wheeler registrations up by 5.5% in June 2016

A total of 679,777 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first six months of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 5.5% compared to the 644,474 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015.

Registrations performed positively in key European markets, including Italy (129,616 units, +14.2%), Spain (80,878 units, +12.2%), UK (66,007 units, +7.4%), Germany (100,749 units, +4.2%) and France (128,182 units, +0.6%).

Motorcycle registrations
Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 8.1% during the first six months of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 544,870 motorcycles were registered between January and June 2016, against 504,162 during the same period of 2015. Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in the largest European markets, including Italy (116,985 units, +15.9%), Spain (73,323 units, +13.5%), UK (61,859 units, +8.3%), Germany (100,749 units, +4.2%) and France (89,153 units, +1.7%).

Moped registrations
A total of 134,907 mopeds were registered during the first six months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 140,312 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 3.9%. Moped registrations increased in the Netherlands (34,139 units, +4.2%) and Italy (12,631 units, +0.4%). They decreased in Austria (7,873 units, -1.1%), France (39,029 units, -1.8%) and Poland (12,515 units, -21.4%)

Second REE4EU Newsletter is out

The Horizon 2020 – Spire project REE4EU is aimed at researching the potential of recycling and reusing Rear Earth Elements. AVERE is a partner in the project.

The second newsletter of this project has now been published ance can be found under “public documents” of the REE4EU website:  http://www.ree4eu.eu/

The newsletter contains a presentation of the partners, among which AVERE which is currently carrying out a market analysis of the potential of recycling and reusing REE in the electric bicycle business.

Job offer: Clean Vehicles and E-Mobility Officer (min. 6 months) at T&E

Transport & Environment (T&E), the leading Brussels-based NGO promoting cleaner transport in Europe, is offering a position in T&E’s clean vehicles team for a period of at least 6 months (maternity cover), starting mid October 2016. 

Applications should be sent by email before 5pm on Friday 2nd September. All further details are here: https://www.transportenvironment.org/jobs/clean-vehicles-and-e-mobility-officer-min-6-months


Dutch standard for helmets for fast e-bikes published

 In order to equip Dutch users of fast e-bikes (S-EPAC) with a suitable helmet, a NEN-project group has developed NTA 8776 which sets out the requirements for such a helmet. NTA 8776 is now available at NEN, the Dutch standardization institute.

S-EPAC’s, also known as speed-pedelecs, are bicycles with auxiliary propulsion power, assisting the rider with pedalling up to a maximum of 45 km/h. According to the new EU directive (No 168/2013) on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles, the S-EPAC is classified as a moped. Member states can decide for themselves which type of helmet must be used on a moped. Usually,  this means that S-EPAC users have to wear a moped helmet (in compliance with ECE R22).

However, from 2017 it will also be allowed in the Netherlands to wear a helmet that complies with NTA 8776. This helmet looks like a bicycle helmet, but protects against higher impact speeds and covers a larger part of the head. In comparison with the bicycle helmet, the S-EPAC helmet offers particularly more protection for the temporal and occipital areas of the head. For your information, Belgium allows S-EPAC users to wear a bicycle helmet provided it offers additional protection to the back and sides of the head.

In drafting the NTA, the project group made use of existing knowledge on head protection (a whole range of existing helmet standards, literature) and the results of tests performed on high-end bicycle helmets. Then, using EN 1078 as the base, the project group redefined its requirements towards the limits of the current technical possibilities in head protection. Next to the increased safety level, other important considerations in defining the requirements were that the helmet should be suitable for use in physical effort and should not impede the hearing ability of the S-EPAC user.

NTA 8776 has been drafted by an international project group with the ambition to turn NTA 8776 within three years into a European standard, which could then be adopted by other member states..

To be permitted to place a S-EPAC helmet on the market and to be able to use it on public roads, the helmet has to contain a mark of approval which can be found in Annex B of NTA 8776. This mark of approval is tied to an accompanying certification process. Both the mark of approval and the certification process are still in development. The mark of approval will be included in the NTA 8776 before the 1st 2017 when the new type-approval procedure definitely enters into force.

The project group that has developed NTA 8776 consists of: ABUS, Accell Group, BBB Cycling, Belgian Road Safety Institute, Bell Sports, CONEBI, Gazelle, KASK, MET Helmets, Pon, RAI Vereniging, Riese & Müller, TASS International en TNO.

NTA 8776 is freely available for perusal. To view NTA 8776 register freely at NEN Connect:https://www.nen.nl/NEN-Connect-9/Free-NEN-Connect-account.htm. NTA 8766 is also available for purchase in the web shop.

For further details on NTA 8776, please contact Robby Veders, Consultant Industry and Safety, tel. 0031 15 2 690 1380 or e-mail iv@nen.nl.



Bike Europe and AVERE organize Information Meeting at Eurobike for Electric Bike Business

European electric bicycle sales continue to grow spectacularly. Also, new types, such as speed pedelecs or electric mountain bikes, are conquering the market. These developments crank up discussions on rules and regulations. How should these vehicles be categorized? Which technical regulations apply? What are the terms of use, for instance when it comes to helmets, insurance or their place on the road? How to assess the quality of these new vehicles?

At Eurobike, Bike Europe and AVERE organize a lunch meeting in which all the above questions will be dealt with.

On 31st December, the transitional period between the old and new type-approval system finishes. As of 1st January 2017, only the new type-approval system may be applied. AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Policy Manager Annick Roetynck will explain the details of the new type-approval system for electric bicycles, the terms of use that result from it and how the legislation may affect your business.

Bram Rotthier, PhD student at the Belgian university KU Leuven is half way through the research for his PhD. He analyses the technical performance of speed pedelecs, how commuters experience the use of the vehicle, as well as potential safety risks involved in that use. He will present the preliminary findings of his research.

Other researchers at the KU Leuven found that the quality of electric bicycles leaves room for improvement. In the framework of the TGVelo project, they carried out 2 years of research and testing in cooperation with 26 partners from the Flemish bicycle industry, consumer organizations and companies using pedelec fleets. This resulted in the TGVelo quality label for pedelecs, which offers a standardized and objective approach to compare pedelec quality. With TGV Velo, KU Leuven provides both fleet procurers and consumers with a framework to assess the quality of electric bikes, whilst also offering testing services. Jeroen De Maeyer will spell out all the details.

Last point on the agenda is a brief introduction to the European funded REE4EU project. Researchers from various European institutes are looking into the possibilities of recovering Rare Earth Elements, such as neodymium and dysprosium, from a variety of product groups one of which is electric bicycles. At the same time, they are developing a process to recycle and reuse this recovered REE. AVERE is carrying out a market analysis of the potential in the electric bicycle business. Annick Roetynck will tell you more about this project.

Bike Europe Editor-in-Chief Jack Oortwijn will be the moderator of this lunch meeting, which takes place on Thursday 1st September from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Conference Center East. There will be sandwiches, hot and cold drinks available.

Participants need to register for this meeting at the following website: http://conta.cc/2a0FYDZ.

The participation fee is € 80 (incl. VAT). Participants who have a subscription to Bike Europe pay € 40, whilst participants in the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force can attend for free.

You can subscribe to Bike Europe here: http://www.bike-eu.com/subscribe Further information on the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force is here: https://averelev.wordpress.com/join-avere-lev-tf/