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  1. CityQ Joins eSync Alliance

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    Source: eSync

    LEVA-EU member and automotive innovator CityQ becomes one of the latest eSync Alliance members, allowing it to provide OTA updates and diagnostics for the first time

    On May 10, 2023, the eSync Alliance, a global automotive initiative for the standardization of over-the-air (OTA) updates and diagnostics, welcomed LEVA-EU member CityQ and Luxoft as new association members. The pair join a rapidly growing network of automakers, Tier-1 suppliers and digital software companies already enjoying the benefit of the eSync bi-directional data pipeline.  

    CityQ’s range of four-wheeled e-bikes aim to maximize comfort, capacity, efficiency, and safety by providing users with an attractive alternative to a car for urban personal transport. Manufactured in Germany, the bikes can travel at speeds of up to 25km/h and can be fitted with a modular storage compartment for last-mile logistics and deliveries.

    An example of CityQ’s four-wheeled electric bike

    Mike Gardner, Executive Director of the eSync Alliance, said: “The eSync Alliance is growing rapidly and the addition of CityQ and Luxoft – two companies working in diverse and important areas of the automotive sector – demonstrate how important a standardized OTA specification is to the industry’s future. We’re confident that both businesses will prove to be valuable partners and we look forward to their unique perspectives contributing to a stronger standard in the months to come.” 

    Morten Rynning, CEO at CityQ, said, “Working with the eSync Alliance will enable CityQ to add connectivity for OTA, and to remotely diagnose and upgrade the vehicles. As well as improving the service we can offer to CityQ owners, this will be particularly useful for fleet management, one of our major markets.” 

    Proven in millions of vehicles globally, eSync is a robust, repeatable solution for OTA deployment. The only universal bi-directional pipeline, eSync is currently used by more than 30 OEMs and Tier-1s, helping to simplify the development process and speed up the transition to SDVs. 

    About CityQ 

    CityQ is the first vehicle platform for city pods and 4-wheel e-bikes, with doors and full weather protection, as well as a cargo bed for luggage and rear seats for 2 children. The e-bikes feature connectivity and pedal by wire instead of mechanical chain or gears. CityQ is the new e-bike with car capabilities, making the shift from car to bicycling easier. See CityQ

    About the eSync™ Alliance
    The eSync™ Alliance is a non-profit trade association driving a multi-company solution for Over-the-Air (OTA) updates and diagnostics data in the automotive electronics space, potentially saving billions of dollars per year for automakers. By working together in the Alliance, companies benefit from a simplified development environment made possible by a standardized yet customizable platform. The Alliance is based around the eSync platform of cloud and embedded components, providing a secure data pipeline to devices within a vehicle. Further information is at https://www.esyncalliance.org/ 

  2. E-scooter industry recommendations published by micromobility operators

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    Source: Futuretransport-News, T. May

    Micromobility operators including LEVA-EU member Dott, alongside Voi, Lime, Superpedestrian and TIER, have collaborated on publishing industry recommendations to European cities on the best practices for safe and well-managed micromobility services

    To support the increasing uptake of micromobility services in numerous cities, a report outlining best practices has been prepared by five operators, designed to assist cities move from pilot programmes to permanent regulations.

    The report was signed by Henri Moissinac, CEO of LEVA-EU member Dott; Wayne Ting, CEO of Lime; Assaf Biderman, CEO of Superpedestrian; Lawrence Leuschner, CEO of TIER Mobility; and Fredrik Hjelm, CEO of Voi.

    It highlights several common features of well-managed micromobility programmes, with regard to both administration and operations.

    Number of Operators

    A balance should be sought between avoiding oversaturation, while maintaining customer choice and healthy competition. The suggested guideline is that markets deploying over 1,000 e-scooters have a minimum of two and maximum of three operators.

    Fleet Size

    Manageability of fleet size and maintaining tidiness is key; an initial fleet should comprise 80-120 vehicles per square kilometre.

    Programme Length

    A programme should run for sufficient time to allow users to rely on vehicle availability, and for the set-up and evaluation of the services. The report recommends a minimum of two years for pilot schemes, and three-four years for permanent programmes.

    Contracts of this length could encourage operators to make longer-term investments in the cities.

    Operator Fees

    The fees to cover the costs of programme administration and public space occupancy should be consistent with those paid by similar modes, such as bike shares.

    If required, this should be a fixed annual fee per e-vehicle which is set prior to vendor selection and applies consistently across all operators.

    The operators claim that this would avoid negative outcomes such as overpromising on financial commitments or winning bids and then withdrawing due to unsustainable fees.

    They also ask that the fees recognise that e-scooter schemes are typically not subsidised.

    Data Sharing

    The five operators emphasise the value of uniform and automated data sharing through GBFS (General Bikeshare Feed Specification) and MDS (Mobility Data Specification) protocols.

    This allows for the consistent submission of data while protecting rider privacy.

    The use of these protocols enables operators to spend more time working with cities to provide useful data rather than having to build bespoke data provision.

    Selection Process

    The operators state that tenders are generally the best approach for identifying suitable micromobility operators in each city.

    License structures and free markets are less desirable, as they encourage oversaturation and poorly managed fleets.

    The report emphasises that operators should also never be selected based on financial contribution, as this can lead to an inability to deliver quality services when the business is not economically sustainable.

    Instead, tenders should prioritise reliability, safety, sustainability and fleet management.

    In addition, the operators ask that cities avoid issuing tenders that specify technology or operational practices, especially those that are just emerging, as this can limit innovation.

    In comparison, outcome-based and technology-neutral requirements encourage operators to use their experience and creativity to mitigate behaviours such as sidewalk riding, tandem riding and irresponsible parking. This approach encourages innovation based on local conditions and will allow new practices to develop.

    Operating Area

    The designated operating area for micromobility vehicles should optimise access to key destinations throughout the city.

    Generally, operating within the entire city boundary is preferable to connect residents with all destinations. Where this is not feasible, the report suggests a focus on important centres such as cultural hubs, businesses and recreational facilities.


    The report highlights the importance of providing sufficient parking close to where riders start and end their trips.

    In dense urban areas, this could include mandatory parking in dedicated, physical parking spots. A minimum of 40 parking bays should be provided per square kilometre and each scooter should have a minimum of three parking spots.

    Alternatively, cities can use stationless parking in less dense areas, or where infrastructure is not available. This provision should be accompanied by clear rules about safe parking and the inclusion of no parking zones.

    The report suggests that a hybrid system combining the two approaches is a practical way for cities to experiment with these options.


    The report recommends a maximum speed limit of between 20–25 kilometres per hour to ensure rider safety, and consistency with other vehicles such as e-bikes, allowing for safe riding that aligns with the pace of urban traffic.

    The report argues that a cap below 20 kilometres per hour increases risks by restricting riders to a speed that is significantly lower than other road users, and possibly encourage riders to ride on sidewalks if restricted to a low speed.


    The report suggests that helmets should be encouraged but not be required, as this would discourage the uptake of micromobility, increase social inequalities and create disproportionate enforcement costs.

  3. T&D. The new venture from Bafang

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    Source: Bafang

    ‘Electric Evolution’ signifies five pioneering e-motorcycle drive systems.

    Boasting 20-years of e-bicycle engineering, Bafang has branched out into what is arguably a logical next step forward, e-motorcycle drive systems. Manufactured in the same R&D location in Suzhou, China, T&D represents another opportunity to embrace greener technologies and a sustainable future.

    Why e-motorcycles?

    Bafang can contribute to the planet’s electric revolution and joins the e-motorcycle market as it begins to gather some significant pace. With many fans and partners alike, Bafang is set to make a good impression on the market with the new venture.

    When quizzed about the inner workings of T&D, Head of T&D, Vice General Manager of Bafang, Sunny He shared, “As a team, we sincerely value the harmonious existence of nature and humanity and are keenly aware of the natural demand for sustainable and intelligent products for our shared future. One way to achieve that coexistence is to follow the natural rhythm of things, and the time of e-motorbikes has truly arrived, the time is rife to go green.”

    The name, T&D, originates from Chinese culture; Tian & Di, or heaven and earth. It is reflective of the brand’s harmonious ecosystem outlook and is set to win many fans.

    What T&D will offer.

    Five e-drive systems have been developed by T&D to deliver electric solutions for every rider. On offer are off-road, sports, touring, urban, and indoor entertainment drive systems, all developed to produce the very best propulsion and riding experiences in accordance with nature and the planet. All the components in each drive system are certified as “green”, an accolade for other manufacturers to follow. More information can be found on the new T&D website and by subscribing to the T&D newsletter.

    Product highlights.

    FE01 (Storm) Off-Road Drive System:
    • Compact and lightweight design weighing only 21.66Kg
    • Vehicle-grade software architecture using the CAN communication protocol
    • Peak power at 60Kw
    • Torque exceeds 125N.m
    • Accomplishes climbing gradients of up to 60%
    • 0 – 50Km in 2.8s
    • 90% system efficiency

    LI01 (Forest) City Commuting Drive System:
    • Simple and efficient lightweight structure
    • Multiple high-precision current and temperature sensor motor
    • 72V 50Ah imported lithium battery
    • BMS with 6 major protection functions
    • 247N.m rear wheel torque
    • Top speeds of circa 80Km/h
    • Nimble and manageable handling

  4. Segway launches its low-cost electric moped

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    Source: Clean Rider M. Torregrossa

    Launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the new E300SE from LEVA-EU member Segway boasts a top 105km/h speed, range capacity of 130km and all for less than 5,000 €.

    Following a range of electric scooters that do not require a license, Segway have now entered the 125 market with the E300SE, based upon the same design as the E110SE but with more advanced engineering.

    10 kw maximum power.

    Segway’s new electric moped is powered by a rear wheel motor from QS Motor, producing 10 kW of peak power (7.8 kW nominal) via 5 operating modes. The E300SE reaches 50 km/h from a standing start in 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 105 km/h, thanks to rear wheel torque of 200 Nm.

    Three battery capacity.

    Housed on the lower part of the moped, the Segway E300SE has two 2 kWh batteries as standard, 74V – 27 Ah, allowing range between 85km and 130km. An additional battery can be added to bring the total capacity to 6 kWh. This arrangement allows 37 litres and 27 litres of storage respectively. Each battery can be removed and recharged in just three hours from household power supplies.

    The Segway E300SE is also equipped with connected functionalities and a remote update device, and showcases ABS disc brakes on the front and rear 12-inch wheels. With this set up, the model can transport two passengers.

    Less than 5,000 €.

    The E300SE is due for launch on the market in May. The moped is one of the cheapest in its class at only 4,790 € for the two-battery version, or 5,990 € for the version with additional battery. Offered prices may be lower depending on market and national incentives.

  5. Micromobility Global Incentives and Subsidy Tracker for small electric vehicles launches

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    Source: Ride Review

    New tracker provides accurate information on 400 government incentives and subsidies for small electric vehicles in over 30 countries, allowing users to compare and choose preferences.

    A ground-breaking new tool developed by Micromobility Industries and Ride Review, has been launched to aid individuals in the purchase of small electric vehicles, e-bikes, scooters and mopeds, for example. The Micromobility Global Incentives and Subsidy Tracker is a unique database of information on over 400 government directives from over 30 countries, detailing information on relevant regulations and policies, and links to each program on the government’s website. This allows users to compare and choose the best option for them.

    With a focus on sustainability, health, enjoyment and cost-effective transport modes, small electric vehicles have surged in popularity in more recent years. The initial outlay remains the primary stumbling block for users, so any information on government incentives and subsidies that will encourage use and promote sustainability are essential.

    James Gross, CEO of Micromobility Industries and Ride Review commented, “The first challenge is people don’t know these incentives might be available to them and the second challenge is that many government websites are hard to parse and understand. By providing a centralized database of information on incentives and subsidies for small electric vehicles, the tracker will help individuals make more informed decisions. It will also support policymakers and industry stakeholders in understanding the landscape of incentives and subsidies for small electric vehicles, and how they can be improved to better support sustainable mobility.”

    Co-Founder of Micromobility Industries, Horace Dediu, declared, “The launch of the tracker is an important step forward for the micromobility industry as a whole. As more individuals, organizations and governments recognize the benefits of small electric vehicles for sustainable and cost-effective transportation, this tool will play a critical role in supporting their adoption and promoting micromobility around the world.”

    About Micromoblity Industries and Ride Review

    Micromobility Industries is a leading research and advisory firm focused on the micromobility industry. This includes ebikes, mopeds, scooters and other small electric vehicles. Micromobility is the fastest growing mode of transportation and the company organises large events and supplies media products like The Micromobility Landscape to the market. Tactical consulting, research and analysis are also offered to governments and organisations looking to explore the rapidly growing sector. See more at https://micromobility.io/
    Ride Review is the largest collection of reviews from independent experts on small electric vehicles. You can see more at https://ridereview.com/https://ridereview.com/

  6. LEVA-EU member THOR AVAS publishes market research findings on non-commercial vehicles

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    THOR AVAS, innovators of acoustic alerting systems for EVs, have conducted a study into the European electric transport sector, divided into vehicle types and uses.

    The sound of an EV is important to end-users, most notably for safety and personal preference of the noise that they expect their vehicle(s) to make. The survey concentrated on personal use vehicles, omitting commercial and construction vehicles and delivery transportation, instead concentrating on electric cars, scooters, motorcycles and bicycles.

    Safety and personal preference were most important for scooter and bicycle users. Car users, meanwhile, were more resolute that noise was for personal value. Motorcyclists and moped users were less enthusiastic about noise additions, the consensus being that they already had the sound of the high-speed wind. This group of EV users was the smallest, however.

    35 million personal vehicles are observed in Europe, of which 7 million (21%) are electric. As Europe’s 2035 ban on manufacturing new ICE cars nears, this number is continually increasing, amplified by a rise in gas and oil pricing. The data of Thor Avas’s research relates well to the current market. Comprehensive and thought-provoking details can be located here.

  7. Copenhagen police e-scooters hailed a success

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    Source: TheMayor.eu, T.V. Iolov

    Although many cities regard electric scooters as somewhat of a nuisance, police in Copenhagen are becoming quite accustomed to the two-wheeled vehicles.

    Initially celebrated by cities and deemed a solution for sustainability and clean, urban mobility, e-scooters have progressively become less-favoured. Problems caused by irresponsible parking and perception of the vehicles a danger to other road users and pedestrians alike have been particularly significant. However, police in Denmark’s capital have welcomed e-scooters into their expanding fleet, and celebrate the local benefits.

    The western suburbs of Høje Gladsaxe and Ishøj have been targeted by the police units and the adoption has already been hailed a success. The e-scooters have enabled mobility where it might otherwise not have been possible by way of historical four wheeled transportation. This has allowed the police to give a better service to the community.

    What’s more, the new transportation vehicles have created a closer bond with the public. Inspector Allan Nyring from Copenhagen Vestegns Police commented, “Police on scooters elicit more smiles and pleasant comments than the bicycle, and the officers feel that they get closer to the citizens than in a patrol car.”

    Being more welcoming and more accessible are regular interests for many police forces, and the adoption of e-scooters certainly aids in this pursuit.

  8. Podbike officially delivers the first FRIKAR

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    After battling engineering challenges, a global pandemic, and a shortage of computer chips, LEVA-EU member Podbike has triumphantly announced its first FRIKAR delivery.

    On February 1 2023, the very first of Podbike’s innovative FRIKAR was delivered. Podbike co-founder Per Hassel Sørensen embarked on his journey to build a better bike in 2015 after being hurt in a bike/car collision. After eight years of development, the first model is now complete.

    Despite facing many challenges throughout the production and development process, the vehicle is officially on the road. Instead of customers cancelling pre-orders over the last two years as Podbike wrestled with design and supply chain challenges, the vehicle actually received more purchase requests than could be handled. Podbike shared, “This enthusiasm sustained us because it showed there is a sizeable and committed market for green mobility. Here it is: the final product! And we are stoked!!!”

    Individuals who pre-ordered the FRIKAR will now be contacted with further details on their purchases.

  9. 42% of Dutch own light electric vehicles

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    Source: Nederland Elektrisch, M. de Jonge Baas

    A new large-scale study by E-bike Monitor estimates 14.2 billion euros worth of light electric vehicles, including e-bikes and e-scooters, are currently owned by the Dutch.

    The study concluded that 42 percent of Dutch individuals over the age of 18 own one or more light electric vehicles, equating to 6 million LEV riders and 6.2 million vehicles. The study had a sample size of 5,000.

    Within this bracket, electrical bicycles hold the largest share, with the number of owners growing from 4.6 million to 5.5 million in the last year alone. This equates to an €11.8 billion market value, with the total LEV market growing 24% to reach a value of €12.4 billion.

    Alongside a growing market share, the price of electric vehicles also rose in the last year, with the average cost for a city e-bike rising from €1,876 to €2,036.

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