Task 11, Electric Cycles, makes final report available to public in multiple languages

October 18, 2013 12:54 PM
Go Pedelec!, Task 11 final report.
© Image courtesy of Go Pedelec!


Task 11, Electric Cycles, has produced its final report in the format of Go Pedelec!, a handbook of bicycle policies for municipal decision makers to establish electric mobility in their communities. The handbook also aims to provide useful information to all people considering buying an electric bicycle or pedelec.

The colorful and attractively illustrated handbook can be downloaded at the Go Pedelec! website in several languages: English, German, Dutch, Czech, Hungarian, and Italian. The book runs over 80 pages long in the English version. Translations into other languages may become available in the future.

Topics addressed in Go Pedelec! include:

  • The different styles and features of pedelecs, including models that target urban, comfort, leisure, and transport applications. The handbook also addresses how to test a pedelec to make sure it meets a rider’s needs.
  • Why it would make sense to ban the sales of batteries for pedelecs and instead offer them on a rental basis only. The materials from lithium-ion batteries used in pedelecs and electric vehicles (EVs) are not yet recycled, and pedelecs are not a suitable application for secondary usage of these batteries.
  • Facts about lithium-ion battery safety, particularly in relation to pedelecs.
  • Results and conclusions from a survey in six European countries where municipal decision makers have been interviewed on topics around pedelecs. The decision makers’ reasons for subsidizing and promoting pedelecs are explored, along with the differences between countries that actively support pedelecs (Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands) and other countries surveyed (the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Italy).
  • An investigation into the extent to which the pedelec provides a substitute for driving a car.
  • How to assess the quality ofa pedelec. Which standards apply to pedelecs in general and which is the current most comprehensive testing certificate (GS-certificate)?

Task 11 member countries were Austria, Switzerland, and the United States (U.S.). AVERE (the European Association for Battery, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell Vehicles) served as the Operating Agent for the task duration (2006–2011). On the behalf of AVERE, during 2012, Mr. Hannes Neupert (Germany), president of ExtraEnergy, carried out much of the work of completing the final report and disseminating information at electric cycle-related conferences.

Contributed by Ms. Kristin Abkemeier
Task 1 Operating Agent