Task 23, Light-Electric-Vehicle Parking and Charging Infrastructure

Light-Electric-Vehicle Parking and Charging Infrastructure

Ongoing Tasks

Operating Agent

Completed Tasks

Contact for further information:

Hannes Neupert (co-Operating Agent)
EnergyBus e.V.
Koskauer Str. 100
07922 Tanna
E-mail hannes.neupert@EnergyBus.org

Carlo Mol (co-Operating Agent)
VITO – Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek
Boeretang 200
BE-2400 Mol
E-mail carlo.mol@vito.be

Programme of Work

The rapid growth in recent years in the usage of light-electric-vehicles (LEVs) including electric scooters (“e-scooters”), electric bikes (“e-bikes”), and especially the hybrid pedal/electric bike called the pedelec requires addressing issues related to parking and charging infrastructure including the development of harmonized charging standards.

Task 23 is a new task that seeks to ensure that these issues are addressed at a governmental level so that the outcome is most suitable both to local and global policies. Task 23 also will encourage the development and establishment of pedelec sharing and private pedelec usage.

Working Method

The working method of Task 23 will include documentation and information-sharing of best practices, development of various guidelines, and regular attendance at conferences, workshops, and trade shows in task member countries to highlight ongoing developments with a heavy focus on reaching out to target groups, recognizing the non-technical background of those who will nevertheless have to make decisions (e.g., local political figures). This working method will be adapted as needed based on the needs of the task.

Already Task 23 has performed a number of pre-task activities that will inform the working method going forward. These included:

  • An educational trip with 12 Chinese industry and government representatives (August 2012).
  • E-Bike Award together with a dedicated conference (October 2012).
  • Publication of the global processes including the IEA’s IA-HEV approach in the European Networks Book No. 5 similar to what is available for download as an EnergyBus.org brochure (February 2013).
  • Presentation at the Taipei Cycle Show (March 2013).
  • Participation in and monitoring of the ISO/IEC joint working groups, in particular the LEV standardization group, IEC/ISO/TC69/JPT61851-3.


The estimated duration of the task is at least eight years. This is based on the estimated amount of time for international standards harmonization to be completed. As a practical matter, the first period should run from 2013 through 2016 at which point a decision can be made on whether to continue the task.

Member Countries

Germany, Spain, Belgium

Financing and Sponsorship

The financing and sponsorship mechanisms for Task 23 include the following:

  • No request for a participation fee by participating countries.
  • Financing through acquired sources. This would involve potentially a mix of sources such as voluntary work, the IA-HEV common fund, sponsors, cities, industry, various organizations, trusts, grants, and local governments.
  • Task member countries would be entitled to translate and print the documents and disseminate them locally.
  • Member countries are also welcome to organize and host local workshops with costs incurred by them including any travel costs for speakers. There is no mandatory minimum number of workshops.

Deliverables and Outcomes

The planned deliverables and outcomes of Task 23 include the following:

  • Documentation of existing solutions for best practice sharing that will then be made publicly available for local governments and companies.
  • Creation of comprehensive (turnkey) guidelines for local governments including samples for a public procurement by tender for rental pedelecs as well as guidelines for parking and charging infrastructure.
  • Biannual “E-Bike Award” with an international conference. The next such conference scheduled for October 2014 is to be financed through sponsoring and the German electric utility company RWE.
  • Workshops for interested communities delivered in the local languages in the Task 23 member countries. Workshops will include materials in the local language with cost to be covered by the member country.
  • Biannual reports to be published in easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format. Such reports will be directed toward local political officials without an engineering background.
  • Task 23 presence at key trade shows and conferences worldwide to connect with relevant target groups, representatives of the bicycle industry and the charging infrastructure industry and stakeholders including mayors and other local political figures, city planners, mobility managers.
  • Organization of joint excursions to visit best practice applications (where applicable) together with mini-workshops.
  • Cooperation with other projects on the national and regional level.

All results will be reported in subsequent IA-HEV Annual Reports and other publications.

Benefits of Participation

Participants will have ready access to the most up-to-date efforts to address issues related to parking and charging infrastructure for LEVs. This includes the latest findings, comprehensive guidelines, and best practices that, in turn, will allow for the most cost-effective development of LEV technologies. In particular, participant countries should be able to take advantage of Task 23 outcomes and deliverables to foster LEV usage on a broader scale.