Seminar ‘kwaliteit van LEV’ - 15 May 2019

2 april 2019

The Dutch Organization for Electric Transport (DOET) and HAN Automotive Research of the Hogeschool Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN-AR) take the initiative to develop a quality system for Light Electric Vehicles (LEV).

Not coincidentally, these are also the points of attention that both the RDW and SWOV recently pointed out, while investigating the tragic accident with a Stint on 20 September last year. The accident in Oss not only led to many concerns at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, but also to much concern within the industry.

Presently, uncertainty about new safety, product requirements and the lengthy process that is foreseen does not do the industry any good. Uncertainty about future requirements also leads to a wait-and-see attitude with potential buyers.

The DOET Association has of course closely monitored these developments and has continuously expressed concerns about this in discussions with the Ministry of I&W. In the media, too, specific attention has been requested for the issue and there has been a public call for joint consultation on the revision of the regulations for LEVs and the "Special Moped".

The expertise of HAN, built up in the Automotive sector, covers a wide range of topics focused on vehicle dynamics, structural design, drive technology, intelligent mobility / autonomous driving and product safety. In addition, HAN has access to a laboratory with numerous advanced test facilities for the automotive and LEVs.

The ministry has already developed a new (temporary) testing framework for the 'special mopeds', which also includes the Stint, but scoot mobiles and cargo e-bikes are also being investigated. In the course of this year, the RDW, SWOV and the Dutch Safety Board will advise the Minister on product safety and the safe use in traffic of this rapidly growing group of vehicles. In addition, it has already announced that stricter supervision will be an important part of the new regulations. RDW recommends a quality system with procedures for incident, configuration and problem management.

This therefore fits in seamlessly with the DOET and HAN initiative, which has already been enthusiastically received by the Ministry. On 15 May 2019, the two organizations are therefore organizing a "Quality of LEV" seminar on this topic for the LEV industry. Together with the entrepreneurs in the LEV sector, from scooter to cargo bike, a start will be made to develop "self-monitoring" of the quality of this growing category of vehicles that will soon play a crucial role in urban mobility. A category of vehicles for which the McKinsey & Co research agency recently stated that in 2030 this could be good for a worldwide turnover of 150 billion euros.