Tag Archive: LEVA

  1. European Commission consults on OBD for electric L-category vehicles

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    EU Regulation 168/2013 on the type-approval for the L-category does not exempt pure electric vehicles (‘EVs’) from ‘functional’ OBD requirements (except for L1 and L2). Apart from the exemption from the Type VIII test. Nevertheless, the text of the Regulation is ambiguous and contains inconsistencies when it comes to this topic.

    The text of Annex XII of Regulation 44/2014 clearly indicates that only vehicles with combustion engines were considered during the drafting of that regulation.

    To solve this issue the European commission had created a task force consisting of the Commission, member states and stakeholders, including LEVA-EU. The objective is to achieve a common interpretation of Regulations 168/2013, 44/2014 and 3/2014 on the topic of OBD and to eventually make the Regulation clearer.

    It is obvious that all OBD requirements related to emission control systems and emission thresholds do not apply to electric L-category vehicles. The requirement to report the triggering of any operating mode, which significantly reduces engine torque would be applicable. Furthermore, there are relevant requirements related to access to OBD information, a connection interface, reporting on powertrain faults leading to significantly reduced torque and RMI.

    LEVA-EU believes it is essential for electric L-category vehicle producers to be involved in this process and therefore calls upon them to contact LEVA-EU manager Annick Roetynck for further details and consultation: tel. + 32 9 233 60 05, email annick@leva-eu.com


  2. European Commission launches research into braking systems for L3e-A1

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    Motorcycles in sub-categories L3e-A2 and A3 are required to be fitted with an anti-lock braking system. Motorcycles in sub-category L3e-A1 (maximum continuous rated or net power ≤ 11 kW and power/weight ratio ≤ 0,1 kW/kg) may be equipped with either an anti-lock braking system or a combined braking system or both at the discretion of the manufacturer.

    However, the European Commission must submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council in which the mandatory fitting of an anti-lock braking system and an optional combined braking system to motorcycles in sub-category L3-A1 is to be examined. The Commission has now assigned Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) with a study, which is meant to support the Commission in the preparation of that report.

    The study is aimed at determining the relative effectiveness of anti-lock braking systems (ABS) compared to supplemental combined braking systems (CBS) in reducing the frequency and severity of collisions involving motorcycles in sub-category L3e-A1. Also, it should determine the cost-benefit relationship for the fitment of ABS and CBS, to motorcycles in L3e-A1, for society and motorcycle users. Based on the study, TRL is expected to propose possible amendments to Regulations and guidelines necessary to implement any change into law.

    Manufacturers of electric L3e-A1 motorcycles who wish to obtain further details on the TRL study and the European Commission’s report or who wish to have an input into this research are invited to contact Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email annick@leva-eu.com.

  3. It was a very good Eurobike!

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    LEVA-EU looks back on a very successful Eurobike. At our booth, all meeting tables were used full time by LEVA-EU members meeting with customers and suppliers. We met with numerous LEV-companies wanting to learn more about what LEVA-EU has to offer them.

    For the information meeting on EN 1594:2017 on Thursday, 63 participants registered. LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck clarified the relationship between EN 15194 and legislation governing EPACs. For many attendants, it still came as a surprise to learn that EN 15194 is not a law, but merely a tool to comply with part of the legislation for EPACS. She further explained the difference between the old and the new EN 15194. She also provided all details on on the structure and the scope of the standard. She listed what makes an EPAC fully legal. She concluded with explanations on how the standardization process in Europe works, encouraging the companies present to get involved in the standardization work.

    On Thursday evening, LEVA-EU and LEVA welcomed no less than 40 guests for the networking dinner in the Zeppelin Hangar restaurant. A very wide variety of companies were there: vehicle producers, assemblers, component and accessory manufacturers, designers, HR companies, etc. After a short introduction of each company during the aperitif, the guests could then decide which companies to sit with for further networking during dinner itself. It was a (sometimes literally) resounding success, and upon general request the dinner will be on again at Eurobike 2020.

    Should you be interested in a copy of the presentation on EN 15194 and/or in the introductions of the companies that participated in the networking dinner, please contact Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email annick@leva-eu.com

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