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:

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: Further information on the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force is here:

REE4EU project: High Temperature Electrolysis Engineering Strategy Meeting, Trondheim (20-22 June 2016)

On 20-22 June, the responsible partners for the high temperature electrolysis (HTE) step in the REE4EU project, met in Trondheim (Norway) for discussions on the engineering strategies and design of the HTE reactors to be build up at Elkem’s (Norway) and LCM’s (UK) premises.

The meeting, hosted by the HTE leader (SINTEF), aimed to share knowledge with the team from the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique of the University of Toulouse on the technology employed at SINTEF for conversion of rare earth (RE) oxide mixtures to valuable rare earth alloys. The Idener team led the discussions regarding the strategies for preparing the conceptual engineering documents and PFD of the HTE step in the REE4EU pilots.

The HTE reactor in the REE4EU project will afford the direct conversion of RE oxide mixtures, derived from a variety of RE-containing wastes, into RE alloys in a cost and environmental friendly way. This will allow a closed recycling loop of critical RE elements for permanent magnets and Ni metal hydride battery electrodes.

Europe could then be fully independent of imports on the specially critical and costly dysprosium alloys used in special applications like permanent magnets for off-shore windmills.

Programme Light Electric Vehicle Summit in Barcelona unveiled

LEVS-Logo-v1The organizers of the first Light Electric Vehicle Summit, on 20 and 21 September in Barcelona, have just unveiled the draft programme. You will find all further details here:

We are pleased to announce that AVERE members and AVERE LEV-TF participants enjoy a 10% discount on the registration fee for LEVS, which normally is € 440 until 1st August and € 550 afterwards. To obtain the promo code for this discount, please send contact Annick Roetynck: tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email

We hope we will have the pleasure of meeting you in Barcelona.


Civitas Workshop: air quality & clean vehicles procurement in European cities

This workshop, which takes place in Paris on 12 and 13 September, is organised as part of the CIVITAS thematic group on Clean Vehicles and Fuels. The aim of the group is to promote the exchange on key policies and measures in this area.

This workshop will take place on 12 and 13 of September in Paris. During the first day the hosting city will present their priorities and activities related to air quality and transport. The European Commission and the Joint Research Centre will provide an overview of policies and tools for the local level, examples from public authorities will also be presented. The second day will focus on clean procurement, starting with an overview from Paris.  Joint procurement of vehicles and infrastructure, together with the upcoming revision of the EU Clean Vehicles Directive will be part of the discussion. This event is free of charge but places are limited!

A draft agenda can be found here.

TRB call for papers on Light Electric Vehicles

From 8 to 12 January 2017, the Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting takes place in Washington DC and attracts more than 11,000 participants. It is a huge conference and very visible. The subcommittee, co-chaired by Professor Chris Cherry (on emerging vehicle technologies) has focused on e-bikes for the past several years.

That subcommittee has now launched a call for papers that focuses on LEVs. The call is at this link,,  and is hopefully broad enough to include the work most of the research world is doing on light electric vehicles. Papers submitted to TRB can be considered for presentation (and proceedings) and publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR), or presentation only.

VERY IMPORTANT: Full and final papers are due August 1, 2016 and they must be in final form and strictly follow TRBs style guidelines. From TRB’s website: 2017 Paper Author Warning – It is critical that interested authors check the Paper Author Resource Page and read Writing a Paper for TRB and Submitting a Paper to TRB. Remember after August 1 there are no second chances – be very careful with your paper submission this year.

All papers that come into this call will be handled by Professor Cherry, and will be distributed to at least three reviewers. The turnaround is relatively quick and you should have review results by Oct 1. Historically, approximately 20% of the submitted papers (to the entire bicycle committee) are published in the TRR and about 65% are accepted for presentation/proceedings.

For any further questions, please contact:

Chris Cherry
Associate Professor-Civil and Env. Engineering
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Phone: 865-974-7710
Mobile: 865-684-8106


Bike Europe Conference on Supply Chain Flexibility

At Eurobike, Bike Europe organizes a conference on Supply Chain Flexibility in order to increase the spead to market.

The conference takes place on Tuesday 30th August in Room Berlin, Conference Center East at Eurobike.

Among the speakers are Jeroen Both, chief supply chain officer at Accell, Benno Messingschlager, CEO of Messingschlager and Frederic Van Steirteghem, strategic buyer at Decathlon.

Further details and registration:


Light Electric Vehicle Summit

LEVS-Logo-v1The first Light Electric Vehicle Summit (LEVS) will take place on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 September 2016 in Barcelona.

LEVS is aimed at providing a high quality platform to foster exchange of views and development of synergies between players in the LEV field.

In view of the considerable mobility problems which European cities are facing today, light electric vehicles have a major role to play.

These are a few of the issues that will be dealt with at the conference:

  • State of the Art
  • R&D
  • How to integrate LEVs into urban transport ?
  • Infrastructure
  • Legal aspects
  • Challenges & opportunities
  • How to foster the market to take-off ?

For all further details on the conference and on the exhibition as well as for registration:

Members of AVERE and participants in the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force enjoy a 10% discount on the registration fee for LEVS. Please contact Annick Roetynck for further details on this discount: tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email