EEVC 2015 from 1st to 4th December in Brussels

The European Electric Vehicle Congress will taken place from 1st till 4th December in Brussels.

EEVC strengthens its position as global platform to foster exchange of views between the R&D, the industry, the authorities, end-users and the NGO’s actors, so to develop synergies in the field of eMobility.

As motivations and constraints are different for each of them, EEVC has the objective to help defining the most promising solutions for market introduction and take-off. This is made taking into account the research and development progresses, as well as the environmental and economic constraints.

Feedback from past and current experiences are also discussed and analysed so that best practices & best ways for a daily introduction of e-mobility could be identified.

The venue is always Brussels, so to ensure optimal connection with the representatives of the European Institutions that are considering Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles to play an important role to lower atmospheric pollution and to reduce oil dependency.

Policy aspects, new mobility concepts, noise and health factors are also issues to be discussed.

The day prior the Congress, a EU Project day is organized to provide the audience with a complete overview of the different programs supported by the European Authorities (FP7, Horizon 2020, IEE, EUROSTAR, INTEREG, …) & related funded projects dealing with e-mobility, so to identify possible actions, overlaps, synergies and/or gaps. TWIN will be presented at this day by means of a poster.

This year, the day will be organized in clusters so to ensure homogeneity of the discussions as well as interactivity between the projects of the different programs.

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TWIN invites European Training Institutes to E-Bike Workshop

Gent, 14 October 2015 The TWIN project, aimed at developing electric bike training for dealers and their mechanics, officially finishes at the end of this year. The consortium is preparing the final workshop at which the results of the project will be presented.

On 18 and 19 November 2015, the final TWIN results will be presented to interested European training institutes through a lunch-to-lunch workshop at Innovam in Nieuwegein (NL). Furthermore, the consortium will unfold its plans to continue its activities beyond the project period. This will include further details on the establishment of a European TWIN Academy.

In the past two years, the TWIN partners have developed a 4 days’ electric bicycle course based on the competence profile that was developed earlier on in the project. This course is linked to an Internet assessment tool, which allows candidate-trainees to test their knowledge and competence prior to the course. The assessment provides them with further details on the gaps in their existing knowledge and competences, which may be filled through the training. The 4 days’ training is aimed at dealers and their mechanics.

At the workshop, the participants will be expected to try out and evaluate the Internet assessment tool and the training material in order to allow the TWIN consortium to introduce final improvements.

For capacity reasons, the final workshop will be reserved to trainers and representatives of training institutes. They qualify for a financial compensation of maximum € 500 for their participation. Any other participants may attend for free. Further practical details will be provided upon registration.

Trainers and training institute representatives are invited to register for the final workshop at the event-website:

The ultimate objective of TWIN is to facilitate and speed up the development of electric bicycle training throughout Europe. Today, in many member states there is no training available yet. The TWIN partners hope that the ready-made, state-of-the-art TWIN material will incite training institutes to start electric bicycle training or to improve existing training.

Before the official end of the project, the consortium will organize a webinar, which will be aimed at informing all other interested parties such as OEM, suppliers and the press on the TWIN results and future plans. The exact date and content of this webinar will be communicated at very short notice.

For any further details on the workshop, on the webinar or on the project, please contact Annick Roetynck, email; tel. +32 9 233 60 05.

TWIN at Eurobike 2015

The TWIN project was successfully presented at Eurobike.

TWIN was a co-exhibitor at the AVERE-LEVA booth.  On Thursday 27 August, there was a special information meeting on TWIN at Eurobike. At the meeting, Annick Roetynck, assisted by Roel Postma (Innovam) and Thomas Jaeger (CELF) gave an update on the state of affairs for the project and provided further details on the final two days’ workshop in November.

You can download the presentation here:

For further details on the final TWIN Workshop, click here:
or contact Annick Roetynck,, tel. +32 9 233 60 05.

Traffic safety of electric bicycles: a naturalistic study

The number of electric bicycles has increased in recent years and continues to increase both in Germany and elsewhere. For example, 410,000 electric bicycles were sold in Germany in 2013. The growing number of electric bicycles and the possibility of higher speeds give rise to concerns about road safety, in particular the risk of crashes and accidents.

Consequently, German Insurers Accident Research (UDV) and Chemnitz University of Technology carried out a large-scale naturalistic cycling study to investigate the vehicle usage, speed and road safety of users of electric bicycles in Germany. Three groups were compared: riders of pedelecs, s-pedelecs and conventional bicycles.

A field study approach was selected to collect cycling data in a realistic yet controlled setting. More specifically, they took a naturalistic approach: the participants’ behavior was recorded during their daily life as unobtrusively as possible. For this purpose, they developed a data acquisition system (DAS) with video cameras and different sensors which were fitted on the participants bikes.

There were a total of 90 participants. 49 of them were pedelec users, 10 were s-pedelec users, and 31 were ordinary cyclists. Each participant was observed for a period of four weeks riding their own bike. In addition, participants were required to fill in a travel diary for one week to record all journeys, not just those for which they used their bike.

The comparison of conventional bicycles, on one hand, with pedelecs and s-pedelecs, on the other hand, shows that the latter are not less safe than bicycles  or associated with different risks. The potentially higher speeds of pedelecs are used mainly by s-pedelec users. Pedelec users use the motor assistance primarily for convenience.

For the report, click here:

Parliamentary Question on Vocational Training in the EU

Question by MEP Hugues Bayet (S&D):

Vocational training — which consists of training people within companies — offers an attractive solution to the problem of the lack of employability of young people in the European Union.

Indeed in Belgium, amongst the German-speaking community vocational training is enjoying considerable success. More than 90% of people who complete this type of training find a permanent job within the next six months.

1. What measures are being taken by the European Commission to promote vocational training in Member States?
2. Might the Commission adopt new measures aimed at promoting this type of training?

Answer by European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen:

The European Commission actively promotes vocational education and training in Member States and supports peer learning and exchange. In the context of the Copenhagen Process for enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training, the Commission acts in partnership with national governments, employers’ and workers’ groups and countries outside the EU to:

improve the quality of training (initial education, continuing development);
improve the quality of teachers, trainers and other professionals in the sector;
make courses more relevant to the labour market.

In June 2015, medium-term deliverables for the VET agenda were agreed for the period to 2020 in the form of Riga conclusions(1). These include the promotion of ‘work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeships’. The ‘European Alliance for Apprenticeships’ further seeks to increase the supply, quality and attractiveness of apprenticeships in Europe. In June, an additional 140 000 apprenticeship and training opportunities were pledged for young people as part of this initiative(2).

Targeted EU financial support is available to support the modernisation of vocational education and training, including via the European Social Fund which has earmarked EUR 7 billion (2014-2020) for the ‘development of work-based learning systems, including dual learning systems and apprenticeships schemes’ and the Erasmus+ programme includes a minimum of EUR 2.5 billion for VET until 2020. Infrastructure developments are supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Vocational and work-based training will also feature prominently in the Commission’s measures to promote skills development.

TWIN at Eurobike 2015

Gent, 13 July 2014 The TWIN project, aimed at developing electric bike training for dealers and their mechanics, will be completed towards the end of this year. The preliminary results will be presented at the Eurobike Show.

The TWIN partners are in the process of finalising an actual training course based on the competence profile that was developed earlier on in the project. On 18 and 19 November 2015, this  course, together with all final results of the project will be presented to all interested training institutes, the press and other stakeholders at Innovam, the Dutch training institute.

Annick Roetynck, one of the TWIN partners will present the project at Eurobike. In this framework, she is looking to meet both training institutes or organisations and industry stakeholders to exchange views on TWIN and on a possible continuation of the work done in TWIN so far.

On Thursday 27 August, at 11.30 at meeting room Schweiz (Foyer West), the press, training institutes as well as anybody  interested in the TWIN project will be welcomed for an information meeting followed by a light lunch.

Furthermore, from Wednesday till Friday Annick Roetynck will present TWIN at the AVERE-LEVA booth number FW-OG103, on the first floor of Entrance West. Visitors who wish to meet her to discuss TWIN can contact her before the show for an appointment: email, tel. +32 9 233 60 05.