Certification of speed pedelec helmets for the Netherlands now possible

13-12-2016 – Following the publication of a Dutch standard for helmets for fast electric bicycles (45 km/h), NTA 8776, it is now possible to certify speed pedelec helmets to this standard both in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

In cooperation with an expert group, the Dutch standardization organization NEN has developed the certification scheme NCS 8776 in which requirements for certification bodies (CB’s) are written down to certify to NTA 8776. The CB’s, the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) in Brussels, Belgium and Telefication, in Zevenaar, the Netherlands have made a license agreement with NEN to certify to NCS 8776.

Mark approval

As from now, helmet manufacturers can contact one of the above mentioned CB’s to certify speed pedelec helmets. After a successful conformity assessment, the manufacturers achieve a certificate and can attach the accompanying mark of approval to the helmet. To be allowed on the Dutch market an attached mark of approval, as described in NTA 8776 Annex B, is mandatory. For the moment, this obligation only applies to the Netherlands. In Belgium for instance, speed pedelec users are allowed to wear a conventional bicycle helmet.

Expert group

The expert group that has developed NCS 8776 consists of: ABUS, Accell Group, BBB Cycling, Belgian Road Safety Institute, Bell Sports, CONEBI, Gazelle, KASK, MET Helmets, Pon, RAI Vereniging, Riese & Müller, TASS International, Telefication and TNO.

Availability

NTA 8776 and NCS 8776 are freely available for perusal. To view NTA 8776 register freely at NEN Connect. NTA 8766 is also available for purchase in the web shop.

More information

For questions or more information about certification www.nen.nl/speedpedelec. 

For questions about NTA 8776 and/or NCS 8776 please contact Robby Veders, Consultant Industry and Safety, telephone No. 0031 15 2 690 1380 or e-mail iv@nen.nl.

Are you ready for the new Type-Approval for Electric Bikes? Or are you still struggling?

AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force may have the answers you are looking for.

We are only a few weeks away from the definite application of the new type-approval system for electric bicycles. As of 1st January 2017, all new types of vehicles may only be type-approved on the basis of the Regulation 168/2013. From that date onwards, type-approval based on Directive 2002/24 will no longer be allowed.

Practically speaking, this means that all types of electric bicycles, which until the 31st December 2016 have been type-approved according to 2002/24, may still be sold. Their  type-approval remains valid until the manufacturer ends the production of the specific vehicle type. If the manufacturer brings a new type of vehicle on the market after 1st January 2017, this must be type-approved according to the legislation set out by Regulation 168/2013.

Type-approval is a legal obligation for all electric bicycles except those with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and a maximum continuous motor power of 250W. Bicycles with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and a power above 250W come under the type-approval in category L1e-A “powered cycles”, those with a speed above 25 km/h fall into category L1e-B “mopeds”. This is for instance the case for so-called speed pedelecs.

Type-approval is a legal obligation as a result of which the manufacturer has to have his vehicle type approved by a ‘technical service’. This is an organisation or a body accredited by the type-approval authority of a Member State as a testing laboratory, which is entitled to carry out the tests prescribed by the type-approval legislation in order to establish that the type complies with the law.

Type-approval does not only concern the vehicle as a whole but also many of its components. Consequently, if the manufacturer changes a component, which is regulated by type-approval by a different component, the approval of the original type is no longer valid and the manufacturer has to go through type-approval again. Also, retailers are not entitled to replace type-approved by non-type-approved or different components. They may only use identical type-approved components.

Once a vehicle type is approved, the manufacturer has to issue a “Certificate of Conformity” (COC), which has to be handed over to the consumer when the vehicle is being sold. The consumer needs this COC, for instance to obtain a numberplate for his vehicle. Also, the police is entitled to check the COC to establish whether the vehicle is legal.

Type-approval already applies since 2003. However, with the growing success of so-called speed pedelecs, it becomes apparent that quite a few electric bicycles have been sold without being type-approved. What’s more, manufacturers continue to sell electric bicycles, that should be type-approved, without COC simply because they have not been type-approved.

This is totally illegal and can have very grave consequences for the manufacturer, importer, distributor, dealer, etc. A number of countries, such as the Netherlands and Belgium, have recently taken initiatives to sort out the legal problems involving so-called speed pedelecs. One issue being that the vehicles have to be registered and fitted with a number plate. However, this is only possible if the consumer can present a COC.

In many cases, the consumers simply don’t have a COC and manufacturers/distributors/retailers play dumb. These consumers have the right to hold them responsible for selling an illegal vehicle. They are entitled to demand for the manufacturer to take back the vehicle and ask for compensation. Alternatively, the manufacturer can still take measures to remedy his breach of the law.

AVERE LEV-TF believes that the sales of illegal electric bicycles may eventually put off consumers and thus jeopardize this promising market. That is why AVERE LEV-TF continuously informs the LEV-sector on this issue and assists companies with advice and concrete answers to their questions.

  • Have you sold speed pedelecs without type-approval?
  • Do you need information on technical services?
  • Do you need information/advice on technical details of the type-approval: which components are in the type-approval, which are not, where to find the specific requirements, factor 4, …?
  • Do you need information on national rules on the use of speed pedelecs?

Please contact Annick Roetynck, AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Policy Manager for answers to all these questions or any other questions you may have on rules governing electric bicycles: annick.roetynck@avere.org, tel. +32 9 233 60 05. Continue reading →

Electric Mobility Europe launches 2016 call for projects

In collaboration with the European Commission and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association, European countries and regions set up the Electric Mobility Europe Call 2016 (EMEurope Call 2016) to further promote and advance electric mobility in Europe. Funded projects in the EMEurope Call 2016 shall focus on the application and implementation of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas and their expected outcomes are likely to include an:

  • Intensified uptake of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas
  • Improved connectivity between electric vehicles and the existing infrastructure
  • Increased choice for customers or consumers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.

The EMEurope Call 2016 will support Research & Innovation projects addressing the following 5 key areas of electric mobility:

  1. System integration (transport, urban and sub-urban areas);
  2. Integration of urban freight and city logistics in e-mobility;
  3. Smart Mobility concepts and ICT applications;
  4. Public Transport;
  5. Consumer behaviour and societal trends.

In the EMEurope Call 2016 14 countries and regions and the European Commission are providing research funds totalling some 23,000,000 EUR for coordinated funding of Research & Innovation projects. The EMEurope call follows a two-step submission and evaluation procedure, starting now with the submission of light proposals. In a next step a full proposal submission will follow for those proposals selected from the light proposal evaluation.

Detailed information and guidance about the formal conditions of the EMEurope Call 2016 and the preparation and submission of light proposals can be found in the EMEurope Call 2016 Guide for Applicants. Submission shall be done through the Call Management Tool. Deadline for the submission of light proposals is 6 February 2017, 17:00 CET.

 

Platform for Electromobility publishes position paper on charging infrastructure

Electro-mobility offers an unequalled solution to make Europe’s transport more efficient, less dependent on imported energy, low carbon, clean and quiet. Specifically, the electrification of surface transport will enable Member States to meet their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030 and to address the public health crisis arising from urban air pollution.

The construction of a private recharging infrastructure as well as an EU-wide interoperable public infrastructure, however, remains an important pre-condition for the wide-scale de

That is why the Platform for Electro-Mobility has launched a new position paper ‘Accelerating Electric Recharging Infrastructure Deployment in Europe’ outlining its recommendations for the implementation of the AFI Directive in a number of key areas, namely (i) the deployment of normal- and high-power recharging infrastructure; (ii) intermodal electro-mobility synergies; (iii) shore side electricity; (iv) smart charging; (v) payment solutions; and (vi) appropriate parking schemesployment of electro-mobility.

As a member of the Platform, AVERE has ensured that Light Electric Vehicles were included in the position paper. Reference to LEVs are on page 3 and 8 of the paper.

The full position paper is here: http://www.platformelectromobility.eu/2016/10/13/position-paper-accelerating-electric-recharging-infrastructure-deployment-in-europe/

 

AVERE AGM endorses new appointments

 

On Thursday 30th November, the AVERE members met in Brussels for their AGM. Among them were a few new faces: Arturo Perez de Lucia representing Aedive, a new Spanish member, and Mihaito Neascu representing AVER, a new Romanion member.

The AGM also endorsed a few new appointments. Frank Rieck of the Dutch Formule E-Team has become Vice-Presidents. Arturo Perez de Lucia accepted the position of treasurer while Petter Haugneland from the Norwegian association Elbil and Peter Van den Bossche from the Belgian association ASBE will act as auditors.

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Electric scooters blazing a trail for Taiwan’s economic future- Nikkei Asian Review

TAIPEI — The drone of scooter engines reaches near-deafening levels on the streets of the Taiwanese capital during the morning rush hour. The island’s roughly 23 million people own some 13.6 million scooters, the highest number per person in the world.

In a city infamous for its gridlock, scooters are an indispensable means of transportation for Taiwanese of all ages, from busy working mothers to pensioners. “It’s very convenient and, more than anything, you don’t get stuck in traffic jams,” said Helen-Cheng, a 28-year-old woman who commutes by scooter.

Thanks to a simple way of solving a technological challenge, electric models are increasingly becoming the two-wheeler of choice for many Taiwanese, and their success offers hope for President Tsai Ing-wen’s plans to diversify industry away from its traditional strength in the information technology sector.

The problem with previous-generation electric scooters was the lengthy charge time, often needing to be left overnight to reach full power. This deterred many from switching over from gasoline models.

Six-second charge

That was until local venture Gogoro resolved the issue with its “six-second” charging system. Instead of drivers having to endure the seemingly eternal wait, the key lies in unmanned swap stations, where drivers can exchange low-running battery packs for a fully charged replacement.

Performance of new-generation models has also seen significant improvements. On a fully charged battery, a Gogoro scooter can travel a total of around 100km at 40kph. It can go from 0kph to 50kph in 4.2 seconds and reach speeds of up to 95kph.

There are over 220 Gogoro swap stations in the larger cities. In Taipei and New Taipei City, battery stations outnumber gas stations.

A smartphone app lets users know how much power is left and guides them to the nearest station. It also flags any problems with the vehicle using data gathered by attached sensors, and can be used to start the engine and unlock the seat compartment.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, a mere 5,000 of the 660,000 scooters registered in 2014 were electric types. In 2015, the figure more than doubled to 11,000 thanks to Gogoro’s launch in June. This year, 9,225 units were registered in the first seven months — over 60% of them were Gogoro models — meaning a new annual record will almost certainly be hit by a sizeable margin. The rapid success has earned Gogoro the nickname “the Tesla of scooters.”

Bigger picture

Some see the company as a model case for overcoming structural problems in Taiwan’s industrial structure. Taiwan made its name as the workhorse of the global IT industry by providing manufacturing services to the world’s electronics companies. But it has seen its lead in the field gradually eaten into by a rapidly advancing China.

“Taiwan’s IT industry is facing a massive challenge,” Tsai said after taking office in May. The new leader has made no secret of the fact that reforming the industrial structure is her most pressing task. Gogoro may offer a valuable example for how to promote creativity and value added products and services.

Meanwhile for the company, hopes are high for overseas expansion. At January’s Consumer Electronics Show in the U.S., Gogoro unveiled plans to share its battery stations with rivals in a bid to promote them. Gogoro’s scooters have been chosen by Germany’s Bosch, the world’s leading auto component maker, for its electric scooter sharing project, which began in Berlin in August.

The original article is here: http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Electric-scooters-blazing-a-trail-for-Taiwan-s-economic-future?n_cid=NARAN012