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Bike Europe/AVERE Presentation on E-Bike Regulations at Eurobike

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – The rapid growth of electric bikes in Europe and the introduction of new types crank up discussions on rules and regulations like how should these vehicles be categorized. At Eurobike, Bike Europe and AVERE, the European organization for battery, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles will present an update on the latest development on e-bike regulations.

Bike Europe/AVERE Presentation on E-Bike Regulations at Eurobike
Participants for the Bike Europe/AVERA meeting on the e-bike regulations need to register in advance. – Photo Eurobike

One of the main issues that will be addressed is the termination of the transitional period between the old and new type-approval system on 31 December this year. As of January 1, 2017, only the new type-approval system may be applied. AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Policy Manager Annick Roetynck will explain all 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 the e-bike business.

Speed pedelecs performance

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.

Room for improvement

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 of the KU Leuven will spell out all the details.

E-bikes and recovering ‘Rare Earth Elements’

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 (REE), 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 give an insight in this project.

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

Register in advance

The Bike Europe AVERE meeting takes place at Eurobike on Thursday, September 1st, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Conference Center East, Messe Friedrichshafen. Sandwiches, hot and cold drinks will be available. Participants need to register for this meeting via:

The participation fee is €80 (incl. VAT). Participants who have a subscription to Bike Europe receive a discounted rate of € 40. Participants in the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force can attend for free.

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