The Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) and the urban mobility SOLUTIONS network are calling for cities from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to become involved as leading city, take-up city or training participants

The SOLUTIONS network and the UEMI are looking for take-up cities to work together on the implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures. This is part of a new partnership with the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and the European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) as part of the EU-funded project FUTURE-RADAR.

As part of an effort to deliver on the New Urban Agenda the team invites cities to help assessing the opportunities for sustainable mobility concepts in their wider context of sustainable urban development. The mission of the SOLUTIONS and UEMI partnerships is to support the take-up of sustainable urban mobility solutions in cities across the world and foster the integration of urban electric mobility solutions into sustainable transport strategies.
Join the global effort !

A wide range of cities will be involved throughout the different project phases. The focus will predominantly be on ‘second-tier’ cities, rather than mega-cities. The regions targeted represent different levels of maturity in terms of experience with sustainable urban mobility related actions. This will be addressed by adopting different approaches for these regions. Cities, as well as local and national officials can now apply to become involved in the UEMI and the SOLUTIONS network for one of the different city categories.

Further details are here:



4th European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference, Vienna, Austria – 20/21 March 2017

cycle-logistics-conference-vienna-2Annick Roetynck, AVERE Policy Manager for Light Electric Vehicles at AVERE, the European Electromobility Association  is presenting at the European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference in Vienna, Austria on 20/21 March 2017 (

She will be talking about rules and regulations governing cargo bikes in Europe.

The conference will showcase best practice in cycle logistics, highlight support needed and define the strategy required to implement successful cycle logistics solutions and initiatives. The conference programme includes plenary sessions led by leading experts & speakers and targeted streamed sessions aimed at Municipalities, Businesses & Associations and Domestic Users. Supporting the programme will be an exhibition area offering delegates the chance to talk with leading manufacturers, suppliers and associated organisations. In addition, there will be a dedicated session allowing delegates to try out the latest cargo bikes.

Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics (RIPPL) are carrying out an inquiry into the best practices in cycle logistics in Europe. Nationally and internationally there are many initiatives concerning (e-)cargo bikes for clean city logistics. Sharing examples of best practice will help the development of cycle logistics in general, so we would like to hear from you. The link to the survey is here

RIPPL runs alongside the LEVV-LOGIC project by the Universities of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam and Rotterdam; click here for more information:
In addition, RIPPL also complements the LEVV-NL project, which is a further elaboration of a survey conducted in March / April 2016 by the European Cycle Logistics Federation.


European Mobility Week showcases electro-mobility in European cities

Around 2,000 European towns and cities are raising awareness of sustainability from 16 to 22 September. For many cities, the annual EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign is an opportunity to showcase their measures to boost electro-mobility:

Brno, Czech Republic, is promoting electric car sharing, electric bikes and scooters. The city is organising a guided tour of an electric aircraft developed at the Brno University of Technology.

Gijón, Spain, will put on an exhibition of electric bikes and electric cars for local residents. The city is also hoping to address people with limited mobility.

Residents in Aberdeen, UK, will be able to discover the benefits of electric vehicles and test them at an electric vehicle roadshow. A new park and ride service will be introduced in the east of the city, which will allow for the charging of electric vehicles as well as bike parking.

Utrecht, Netherlands, will host an electric bike roadshow and a temporary test course on a business site. In addition, the Dutch city of Leerdam is implementing a new strategy to promote the use of electric cars.

In France, Versailles will put on electric bikes and electric buses for people who want to discover the city’s cultural treasures over the weekend. Cagliari, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, will launch new electric buses at the end of the week.

Pavia, Italy, has installed a ‘solar flower’, an artificial flower equipped with solar panels to provide power to an electric car charging station.

The Portuguese city of Guimarâes is organising an exhibition of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Lidköping, Sweden, is inviting people to test electric bikes. There will be a competition and the prize will be…an electric bike. This takes place as part of a bigger event focusing on health.

The Platform for Electro-Mobility believes that: “Europe needs to speed up the electrification of all means of transport and become a leader in electro-mobility.

‘Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’ is the theme of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016. The call-to-action ‘Smart mobility. Strong economy.’ reflects the principle that investing in sustainable mobility moves our economy forward.

This year’s message on the economic benefits of smart and sustainable mobility is in line with the new EU strategy towards a low-carbon economy. Two thirds of total oil demand comes from transport. In 2015, overall spending on crude oil imports in the EU was €187 billion. The shift from fossil to hybrid and electric vehicles would enable Europe to save €47 billion by 2030.[1]

Electro-mobility also has economic benefits at an individual level: the owner of an average new car in 2020 will save about €300 to €400 on fuel each year compared to an owner of an average manufactured car in 2010. Replacement of an ICE car by a Light Electric Vehicle will result in even bigger savings.

The electrification of urban transport would contribute to the EU’s jobs and growth priority, as electric vehicles can create 11 million net new jobs by 2030[2].

[1] European Climate Foundation, Fuelling Europe’s Future,

[2] European Climate Foundation, Fuelling Europe’s Future,

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:

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.