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Solutions Final Conference: 14 & 15 April in Berlin

This two-day conference, the final event of the SOLUTIONS project, will showcase the activities performed by cities working together on sustainable mobility as part of the SOLUTIONS project.

The SOLUTIONS project supports the exchange on innovative and green urban mobility solutions between cities from Europe, Latin America and the Mediterranean.

Its overall objective is to make a substantial contribution to the uptake of innovative and green urban mobility solutions across the world by facilitating dialogue and exchange, promoting successful policy, providing guidance and tailored advice to city officials, and fostering future cooperation on research, development and innovation. 

This event in Berlin (Germany) will bring together international organisations, consultants, local authorities, and experts involved in transport issues and solutions – and present and discuss the progress, results and legacy of the SOLUTIONS project. 

AVERE is a partner in this FP7 project.

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AVERE E-mobility Conference in Amsterdam

The AVERE E-mobility Conference on 13 and 14 April in Amsterdam will be the historic crossroad for EV development: where science meets business. Open exchange of data and insights and lively debates between experts from all over the world are essential ingredients for future success. And AEC 2016 will provide the perfect platform for exactly this exchange! The conferences and presentations will be inspirational, demonstrating best practices and visionary approaches by countries, cities and companies. Science, business and government are working together at every level – to accelerate the growth of electric driving and to capitalise on its economic opportunities.   During the AEC conference, we will develop a shared vision of an European future for e-mobility and formulate a recommendation to the informal EU Council of Transport and Environment ministers, who will meet on the 15th of April.  We welcome innovators from every field and discipline to join this two-day event on e-mobility.

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Mini Symposium on 12 April in Arnhem (NL): how to fill the gap between car and bike

Developments in mobility are moving fast. We have only just accustomed to the TomTom, now  vehicles communicate with each other and drive themselves! With all this comes the question whether we are still interested in owning a car or rather in just using one when we need it. New terms such as “circular economy“, “big data” and “smart region” create space for new mobility concepts. This changing demand needs to be met by  vehicles which are designed specifically for individual mobility needs of this unique moment.

This development creates possibilities between the car and the bike which HAN Automotive wishes to further investigate. For that purpose, they organize a mini-symposium on 12 April as of 2.30 p.m.

The full programme and registration form are here:


Belgian province joins the test of the 45 km/h electric bike for commuting

Tom Dehaene with speed pedelecAbout a month ago, the Flemish MP Björn Rzoska entered an experiment to find out whether the 45 km/h electric bike is an efficient means of transport for commuting. He is now being joined in this test by some staff members of the Belgian province of “Vlaams-Brabant”.

So-called speed pedelecs are clearly getting higher on the Belgian political agenda. This is due to two facts. The revised Belgian traffic code, which determines where and how so-called speed pedelecs are allowed, as well as what helmet is required, is expected to be published in the next few weeks. Secondly, following their growing popularity, the number of so-called speed pedelecs on the roads is visibly increasing. As a result there is growing political attention for the potential that fast electric bikes may offer as an alternative means of transport for commuters.

About a month ago, we reported on the Belgian Green politician, Björn Rzoska entering a commuter experiment with a so-called speed pedelec. For over a month now, he has been travelling from his home to the Flemish Parliament in Brussels on a 45 km/h electric bike. Every day he covers around 100 km. The test will run for another two months.

The experiment is part of Bram Rotthier’s PhD Research, “Quantification of technical performances, cyclist experience and safety of speed pedelecs for commuter use”. He researches the technical performance of fast electric bikes, how riders experience the use of the vehicle and potential safety risks involved in that use.

Another interested party has now signed up for participation in the experiment. The Belgian province of “Vlaams Brabant” has 1 so-called speed pedelec available for their staff to use for commuting. Tom Dehaene, member of the Provincial Executive and responsible for mobility explains: “We would like more people on bikes for commuting in our province. This research is important to determine whether a fast electric bicycle is user-friendly and whether it can convince people to swap their car for a bike. We have a number of cycle highways in our province. Research has shown that the average commuter distance on these highways is just under 20 km.”



Earlier research has shown that commuters tend to use conventional bikes for one-way trips up to 7 km and 25 km/h pedelecs for up to 15 km. Consequently, faster e-bikes appear to be an ideal solution for longer trips. The test in Vlaams Brabant will run for 3 weeks and Tom Dehaene will be one of the participants.

AVERE LEV-TF invites LEV companies that are interested in learning about or contributing to any scientific research on LEVs, as well as on preconditions for their use (helmets, infrastructure, …) to contact LEV policy manager, Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email

For specific questions about Bram Rotthier’s research: tel. +32 494 34 66 05, email

Invitation to Launch Event Platform for Electro-Mobility

Date and Time: 21 April 2016, 17:00-20:00 Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre (Metro Rogier – view map) With a drinks reception The Platform for Electro-Mobility is a growing multi-stakeholder effort to accelerate the transition in Europe towards sustainable multimodal electro-mobility. The Members of the Platform for Electro-Mobility invite businesses, stakeholders and decision-makers to learn more about the potential of electro-mobility in Europe. Agenda:

– Presentation of the Platform for Electro-Mobility (Platform Chair Senan MacGrath, EURELECTRIC)

– Keynote Speech: How Europe can accelerate the shift to electro-mobility (Director-General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei, DG MOVE, European Commission)

– Panel Discussion: How can electro-mobility contribute to decarbonise Europe’s transport? Moderated by Greg Archer, Director Clean Vehicles at Transport & Environment.

  • European Commission representative, DG ENER (tbc)
  • Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)
  • Petrouschka Werther, Acting Director, Air Quality & Noise Department, Ministry of Infrastructure, the Environment & Climate Change, The Netherlands
  • Platform members
  • Public transport authority

Networking cocktail: You will have the opportunity to meet & discuss with all Platform Members

The full programme will be distributed to you shortly.

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Academic workshop on electric bicycle commuting: call for abstracts extended

Electric bicycles are becoming a popular and more socially accepted means of commuting for young, trendy and ‘green’ users. Moreover, because of its higher speeds (compared to the ordinary bike) and longer reach, it extends the capabilities of normal cycling and could be an attractive alternative to the car.

However, the electric bicycle research community lacks a scientific forum for beyond ‘state-of-the-art’ developments, most recent knowledge improvements and further research challenges in electric bicycle commuting.

That is why the KU Leuven organises a workshop on 9 and 10 June 2016 at their Campus in Gent (B). This workshop serves as a platform to discuss and share multidisciplinary scientific achievements related to electric bicycles and to identify common or specific challenges and opportunities for future research.

The call for abstracts for this workshop his been extended to 15 March 2016. All further details are