COLIBI and COLIPED merge to become CONEBI

The Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts’ and Accessories’ Industry (COLIPED), established in 1960, and the Association of the European Bicycle Industry (COLIBI), established in 1973, took the decision at the last General Assembly in Brussels on 19th November to merge into one entity and become CONEBI, the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry. The following Board of Directors was unanimously elected:

Mr. René Takens of the Accell Group NV, President – Mr. Erhard Buechel, of Büchel & Co. Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG, Vice President – Mr. Massimo Panzeri of Atala Spa, Vice President – Ms. Sacha Boedijn of RAI Association, Treasurer.

The new association will maintain regular contacts with European policy makers and Authorities, as well as with other associations that pursue common objectives, the European standardization body CEN, industry and mobility experts, and the international press. CONEBI’s aim will be the growth of the bicycle, EPAC and P&A industries and of the cycling culture in Europe.

CONEBI will be responsible for the preparation of the European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile, first issued in 2009. This statistical bicycle data source will continue to be published every year.

The activities promoted by the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry will also go beyond the European borders. The Taipei International Cycle Show 2015, which takes place from 18 to 21 March, will see CONEBI as the biggest exhibitor.

The new website of CONEBI will be shortly available at http://www.conebi.eu.

Public subsidies for electric vehicle fleets are important for adoption

Public subsidies are imporant in encouraging organisations to trial and expand electric vehicle fleets, according to new research. The study, based on interviews and reports from 17 organisations, found that the opportunity to test new technology was the most important factor in deciding to trial electric vehicles. However, some smaller independent companies chose not to expand their fleet because of the expense.

Article from Science for Environment Policy, Issue 400: A service from the European Commission. Find the full article here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5h0noi6k96mwome/public_subsidies_for_electric_vehicle_fleets_important_for_adoption_400na6_en.pdf?dl=0

 

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2Seas Interreg Programme 2014 – 2020 includes “low carbon technologies”

2 Seas is a European subsidy programme aimed at stimulating growth and improving cohesion through cooperation in UK, Dutch, Belgian and French regions around the Channel and the North Sea. It is part of the European Cohesion Policy, which should bring all regions in Europe to a higher level of smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive growth.

The 2 Seas programme for the period 2014 to 2020 was launched and presented end of last year and sets out 4 priorities. One of the priorities are “low carbon technologies” which opens possibilities in the field of electric mobility. The first call for projects has been launched on 6 January and Concept Notes for project proposals should be submitted by 16 February.

AVERE LEV has drafted a briefing on the programme. For further details, please contact AVERE LEV Policy Manager, Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email annick.roetynck@avere.org

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All European rules and regulations on electric bicycles

The electric bicycle enjoys a growing success in many member states. With that however, the confusion as to the laws and regulations that apply to the vehicle is increasing accordingly. Bike Europe, the trade paper for the (electric) bike business has recently published a White Paper which explains all relevant rules and regulations. You can download a pdf-version of this White Paper from here: http://www.bike-eu.com/whitepapers/

Also, AVERE LEV can offer you extensive information and assistance in the field of LEV rules and regulations. For further details, please contact AVERE LEV Policy Manager, Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email annick.roetynck@avere.org.