LEVA-EU survey on electric range test for electric bicycles in type-approval

If you haven’t participated in the survey on electric range yet, please do so, the survey is ongoing .  It only takes 5 minutes: 

https://goo.gl/forms/YMvqvwtRbggY0pmw2

All electric bicycles, except those with power assistance up to 25 km/h and 250W, must comply with European type-approval (Regulation 168/2013). These electric bicycles, such as for instance speed pedelecs, come under category L1e.

Current type-approval legislation imposes a test for electric consumption. Electric bicycle manufacturers have to measure and report how much electricity the electric bicycle consumes but there is not limit value imposed.

However, the European Commission is asking for input on the possibility of introducing a legally binding test of electric range.

This survey, organized by LEVA-EU, is aimed at collecting the opinion of the companies who are directly concerned by this question, i.e. companies that produce, import and/or distribute electric bicycles.

Consequently, we invite all manufacturers, importers and distributors of electric bicycles and of electric bicycle components who operate in the EU to participate in the survey, which is here:

https://goo.gl/forms/YMvqvwtRbggY0pmw2

The survey consists of 13 questions and takes some 5 minutes to complete.

We thank all participants in advance for their cooperation.

Electrification of transport: a crucial means to meeting the 2020 and 2030 renewables targets

The future Renewable Energy Directive (RED) should actively promote the electrification of transport. This is the key message from The Platform for Electro mobility in its response to the Public Consultation on a new Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

Coupled with production of low-carbon electricity and implemented in conjunction with broader sustainable transport principles, electrification of transport can deliver a major contribution to 2030 renewable targets. In the process it will also create jobs; growth; enhanced energy supply security and cleaner air. Analyses of the European Climate Foundation show that the shift to hybridisation and electrification of cars and vans alone might generate between 501,000 and 1.1 million net jobs in EU by 2030, cut C02 emissions by 64-93% by 2050 as well as NOx (85-95%) and particulates (74-95%). These calculations do not include the enormous additionnal benefits that will result from the increasing uptake of Light Electric Vehicles, such as the hugely successful electric bicycles. Electric surface transport can reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution as well as congestion, notably in cities. Rail-bound solutions for mainlines, urban and suburban transport are already a major provider of electric mobility, and the further electrification of rail may reduce the CO2 emissions of rail potentially to zero.

The Platform concludes that the RED will be unsuccessful in achieving the 10% target for energy from renewable sources in transport by 2020; and the use of electricity in transport remains marginal compared to crop-based biofuels. As a cornerstone of Europe’s overall decarbonisation strategy the use of renewable electricity in transport should be more in the focus of the RED sub-target for transport.

 

EU Consultation on emission reduction

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the European Union’s emission reduction commitment in a 2030 perspective. It concerns the continuation in the period 2021-2030 of the current Decision 406/2009/EC on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020 (Effort Sharing Decision, ESD: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/effort/index_en.htm)

The consultation questionnaire can be viewed here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CLIMA-ESD-2030

Commission launches consultation on mid-term review 2011 White Paper on Transport

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the mid-term review of the 2011 White Paper on Transport.

The consultation aims at collecting stakeholders’ views on the White Paper: “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Areas – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system” (see: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/strategies/2011_white_paper_en.htm

Respondents are asked to assess the progress in implementation of the White Paper and identify key challenges to transport policy, as well as to provide any suggestion for refocusing the strategy in the next year.

The results of the consultation will feed into the stock taking of the 2011 White Paper and into refocusing of the strategy.

The consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 2 June 2015.

The online questionnaire is here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/white-paper-2011-midterm-review.