TWIN invites European Training Institutes to E-Bike Workshop

The TWIN project, aimed at developing electric bike training for dealers and their mechanics, officially finishes at the end of this year. The consortium is preparing the final workshop at which the results of the project will be presented.

On 18 and 19 November 2015, the final TWIN results will be presented to interested European training institutes through a lunch-to-lunch workshop at Innovam in Nieuwegein (NL). Furthermore, the consortium will unfold its plans to continue its activities beyond the project period. This will include further details on the establishment of a European TWIN Academy.

In the past two years, the TWIN partners have developed a 4 days’ electric bicycle course based on the competence profile that was developed earlier on in the project. This course is linked to an Internet assessment tool, which allows candidate-trainees to test their knowledge and competence prior to the course. The assessment provides them with further details on the gaps in their existing knowledge and competences, which may be filled through the training. The 4 days’ training is aimed at dealers and their mechanics.

At the workshop, the participants will be expected to try out and evaluate the Internet assessment tool and the training material in order to allow the TWIN consortium to introduce final improvements.

For capacity reasons, the final workshop will be reserved to trainers and representatives of training institutes. They qualify for a financial compensation of maximum € 500 for their participation. Any other participants may attend for free. Further practical details will be provided upon registration.

Trainers and training institute representatives are invited to register for the final workshop at the event-website: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xtetk7uab&oeidk=a07ebouqd357955f710

The ultimate objective of TWIN is to facilitate and speed up the development of electric bicycle training throughout Europe. Today, in many member states there is no training available yet. The TWIN partners hope that the ready-made, state-of-the-art TWIN material will incite training institutes to start electric bicycle training or to improve existing training.

Before the official end of the project, the consortium will organize a webinar, which will be aimed at informing all other interested parties such as OEM, suppliers and the press on the TWIN results and future plans. The exact date and content of this webinar will be communicated at very short notice.

For any further details on the workshop, on the webinar or on the project, please contact Annick Roetynck, email twinproject@telenet.be; tel. +32 9 233 60 05.Twin_logo_new

EVS29: Call for Abstracts

EVS29 is requesting abstracts of papers covering research, market and government activities across all fields related to hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell technologies, associated infrastructure and services. Submit your abstract for consideration as a presenter in an EVS29 Lecture Session or a Small Group/Poster Session. Abstracts should describe the purpose of the work in relation to the problem or the specific approach to the topic or research.

Click here to download the abstract overview  Click here to submit your abstract

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30th October 2015. EVS29 takes place in Montréal, Canada from 19 till 21 June 2016.

 

François Bausch, ministre du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Luxembourg) ;

EU Transport Ministers sign a declaration on cycling as a “climate friendly” transport mode

In their declaration, the participants agreed on several concrete recommendations:

  • Integrate bicycles into the multimodal transport policy;
  • Encourage the Commission to equip itself with a “bicycle strategy”, by integrating bicycles into existing initiatives in which they have a logical role to play, such as CIVITAS or Smart Cities and Communities;
  • Set up a body within the Commission which is in charge of the implementation of the “bicycle strategy” as well as the simple and effective transfer of good practices in this field between Member States;
  • Appoint a national body in each Member State which could collect and disseminate examples of good practices between Member States and cooperate with the European body and other existing forums;
  • Guarantee that national infrastructure projects take account of and increase international, national, regional and local cycle networks;
  • Include cycling in local and regional urban projects;
  • Mobilise good practices, financing opportunities and guidelines by working closely with the European body.

For Commissioner Bulc, it is an “important basis” on which Member States will be able to cooperate and the Commission will follow its development very closely. “From now on, bicycles are an official method of transport”, she declared.

“It is a very good paper, but it will be important to follow-up the declaration, especially during the informal meeting of transport ministers on ‘smart cities’, which will be held in April 2016 under the authority of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union”, concluded François Bausch, Luxembour Minister of Transport.

Draft Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017 published

Draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017 have been published by the European Commission.

These documents are being made public just before the adoption process of the work programme to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of the work programme 2016-2017.

The draft versions are here https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/draft-work-programmes-2016-17.

The most relevant calls for LEVs are under SC4-Transport.

European Mayors to sign new convenant on climate change adaptation

On Thursday 15 October 2015, representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate mitigation and adaptation will meet in Brussels to launch a new Covenant of Mayors at a high-level ceremony.

This new Covenant of Mayors
• will feature a new target of at least 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030
• will include both the mitigation and adaptation pillars through the integration of the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt
• will reach a global scope, opening up participation to local authorities worldwide

For further details, see http://mayors-adapt.eu/

Solutions E-learning Course on Clean Vehicles has started: register now!

The Solutions E-learning Course on Clean Vehicles has started on Monday 5 October and will run until 6 November. If you wish to participate in the course, you can register here at any time: http://urban-mobility-solutions.eu/resources/e-learning/

Participation is for free and it takes about 2 weeks to complete the course.

What about Light Electric Vehicles?

Light Electric Vehicles are included in the course on Clean Vehicles running from 5 October till 6 November. This course will be complemented with a webinar specifically dedicated to Light Electric Vehicles. The webinar will take place on Thursday 29 October at 3 p.m. CET. Further practical details and the exact content of the webinar will be communicated soon.

What will participants in the course gain?

  • Access to online courses with advice from global experts;
  • Connection to mobility practitioners from all over the world;
  • A Course Certificate when all the set tasks for a course have been completed. Certificates will be distributed to the e-learning participants as soon as all courses have been completed (December 2015);
  • A chance to win a free trip to the SOLUTIONS final conference. The cluster leaders will select the participant that has put the most effort into their forum contributions.