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LEVA-EU Positions

LEVA-EU regularly takes reasoned positions on various matters relating to light electric vehicles. Below is a selection of those positions. 

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LEVA-EU fully endorses SBS position on Brexit and standardisation

Brussels, 14 September 2020 – As talks between the UK and the EU reach a decisive point, Small Business Standards (SBS), the association representing European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in standardisation, has published a position paper stressing the importance of standardisation and conformity assessment in relation to trade and the future UK-EU relationship.

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LEVA-EU on the Challenge Innovative Batteries for eVehicles

We were reading through the announcement of the Challenge Innovative Batteries for eVehicles. To our astonishment it appeared from the rules for the contest that the challenge is only open for manufacturers of batteries for electric cars.

LEVA-EU Feedback on the Commission’s Roadmap for an EU Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility

LEVA-EU is the only trade association in Europe that works exclusively for light electric vehicles. LEVA-EU currently represents around 50 companies, active in various parts of the LEV-business.

    EIC-reply:

    Thank you for your email enquiry about the EIC Batteries prize and the concerns you raise on behalf of the industries you represent.

    The purpose of the EIC batteries prize was to spur innovation in new/novel battery chemistries (battery cell chemistries) with performance vast superior to any battery technologies currently on the market. The prize does not attempt to favour one mobility sector over another.

    Moreover, the call text generally reads “The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable battery for electric-vehicles” (https://ec.europa.eu/research/eic/index.cfm?pg=prizes_batteries).

    The competition requires a battery “prototype” to be produced and therefore any inventor/entrepreneur coming up with a solution of a battery (cell chemistry) that can achieve the required performance characteristics, would be eligible for the prize.  

    It is true however that the text addresses specific requirements that are relevant for cars, namely; range, time required to recharge, whole-life costs, safety.  The electric car was chosen simply because it represents the most challenging platform for a battery’s performance in terms of energy density, weight, re-charging time and cost.

    In addition, the requirement for the field tests  “..will involve the fitting of the battery in a Euro NCAP small family car test vehicle (provided by the finalists)…” – is due to the fact that these are the highest volume sold vehicles in the EU and therefore relevant to the needs of the average family in Europe.  

    The prototype battery does not need to be fully integrated in a vehicle, but to be able to demonstrate the required performance.

    We hope you can recognise that although the battery packs for an electric car and a LEV are different, the cell chemistries inside the pack are the same. As such, a solution for a battery for an electric car would also be suitable for a LEV.

     

    To conclude, if any of the battery manufacturers you represent have a battery solution that is able to demonstrate the performance characteristics specified in the competition’s “rules of contest”, they are eligible to apply. It might be that they would need to fit their prototype battery in an electric vehicle to demonstrate the battery’s performance. I would therefore simply urge you to contact your association members engaged in battery development and inform them about the prize.

    As far as the Commission is concerned “A revolutionary battery solution may appear form anywhere”.

    LEVA-EU’s position on testing the electric range of electric bicycles in the type-approval

    1. It may be relevant to have a harmonized test to provide customers with clear information on top of the information already provided through the electric consumption test.
    2. It is absolutely essential to take into account that there are a very large number of variables that have an influence on electric range and to inform the customer of this issue.
    3. It is essential for the harmonized test to be developed by the industry involved provided there is sufficient support within the industry for such a test.
    4. There is no need for a legally binding test as part of the type-approval. The type-approval for electric bicycles as it stands today is extremely complicated and extremely expensive, to a point where it is not feasible for small companies. The introduction of a legally binding test will further increase the price of type-approval, thus exacerbating this issue and having a negative impact on competition. It is possible to supply customers and users with objective and precise information by means of a voluntary, harmonized test.
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