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Playing a part in the sustainability of transport. How new vehicle technology has helped meet emission standards
08 Oct 2015

Motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles and quadricycles sold in the EU comply with strict limits on tailpipe emissions and other pollution sources of the vehicle, such as evaporative emissions from the fuelling system. This has been made possible by steady progress in vehicle technology, which has helped meet progressively tighter emission standards as European rules have developed.

The implementation of European environmental standards, usually referred to as ‘Euro’ standards, is a highly technical and complex process, which involves extensive research and data analysis, and requires close cooperation between public authorities and industry.

To this end, ACEM is actively engaged in a constructive dialogue with key stakeholders including the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The motorcycle industry advocates for standards that protect the environment and consumers, and are also technically attainable and economically viable. 

Documents available to download

Playing a part in the sustainability of transport [pdf]

Motorcycles become part of the connected vehicle world thanks to BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha
08 Oct 2015

BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. are now collaborating to enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and working together to establish a consortium named Connected Motorcycle Consortium.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by all ACEM manufacturing members in 2014, C-ITS features will be introduced from 2020 onwards. In order to accelerate this process, the three manufacturers will begin their cooperation in the field of C-ITS now.

Promoting ITS deployment through better cooperation

The new cooperation was announced on October 6th 2015 at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France), the world’s largest event for intelligent transport systems and services. The three partners also encouraged other motorcycle manufacturers to join the consortium so as to further increase safety in powered two-wheelers. “In order to speed up more motorcycle-specific safety developments, we intend to cooperate to promote a successful implementation of C-ITS in motorcycles and scooters,” says Mr Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer at Honda Motor Co., Ltd..

Mr Takaaki Kimura, Chief General Manager of Technology Center and Executive Vice President and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd. adds: “Our companies are already active members of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, in which we work with car and truck makers and other stakeholders on common specifications and standards. We came to realize that the specific requirements of motorcycles are beyond the scope of this consortium, however. The next logical step is to enter into a cooperation dedicated solely to the challenges relating to powered two-wheelers.”

“Our aim is to promote a timely and comprehensive use of cooperative ITS systems in powered-two wheelers offering the potential to improve safety. We therefore encourage other companies to join us,” explains Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Executive Vice President Development BMW Motorrad.

Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, stated: “This initiative is fully in line with the ACEM road safety strategy and shows the willingness of the motorcycle industry to increase safety for riders based on very concrete and practical developments.”

Increasing safety levels for motorcyclists 

ITS technologies will contribute to motorcycle safety If well considered and properly deployed, ITS technologies offer the potential to further increase safety, security and efficiency in all transport systems, in particular for motorcycles. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) require the integration of information and communications technology including transport infrastructure, vehicles and users.

Basic applications currently exist in GPS navigation systems, where real-time traffic information is provided such as rerouting advice based on traffic jams ahead. For road transport in particular, interoperable networked wireless communication between vehicles can enable road users to make coordinated and informed decisions about their route as well as allowing safer manoeuvring in busy urban environments.

ITS technologies are expected to generate particular safety benefits in regard to powered two-wheelers (PTWs), not least by offering a level of electronic communication which can be shared between riders and drivers of other road vehicles. The three companies have already gained experience of connected vehicle technology in several European field tests.

Together with car makers and major suppliers, BMW Motorrad participated in the simTD project, a large scale field test carried out on connected vehicles in the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. Honda and Yamaha participated in DRIVE C2X, a Europe-wide ITS field test project. In view of the challenges experienced in these real world tests, the three manufacturers are now joining forces to evaluate the principles of cooperative intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS) to enhance motorcycle safety.

ACEM 2015 report now available online
07 Oct 2015

The 2015 ACEM report is now available in full online. The study examines in detail the state of the L-category industry in the EU.

It includes detailed figures on registrations of powered-two- and powered-three wheelers in EU and EFTA countries, manufacturing in the EU, and international trade, among others.

As highlighted in the report, the European market for powered-two and three-wheelers increased by 2% between 2013 and 2014. It is the first time that registrations increase since the beginning of the economic and financial crisis in 2008.

The report also examines the importance of a wide range of European policies for the sector, including transport, road safety, industrial and international trade policies.

Moreover, the ACEM 2015 report provides concrete and actionable recommendations for policy-makers and regulators at European, national and local level to reap the societal benefits of motorcycling.


Documents available to download

ACEM 2015 industry report.pdf [4.57 MB]

Motorcycle industry hosts conference highlighting the contribution to mobility of powered-two and three-wheelers
29 Sep 2015

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, ACEM, hosted on 24 September its 11th annual conference in Brussels. The event attracted more than 130 attendees representing businesses, EU policy-makers, national administrations and stakeholders.

Keynote addresses were given by Stephan Schaller, ACEM President and BMW Motorrad President, and by Nikolaus von Peter, member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc.

The discussions addressed a wide range of topics including the mainstreaming of motorcycling into relevant EU policies, as well as its inclusion in national, regional and local transport plans.

The importance of balanced and well-designed European legislation for the sector was also underlined.

Panellists included Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General; Jacob Bangsgaard, Director of FIA Region I; Karen Vancluysen, POLIS Executive Director; Barbara Bonvissuto (European Commission DG GROW), Cristina Marolda (European Commission DG MOVE) and Wim van de Camp (Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the type-approval regulation for mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles and the White Paper on Transport Policy).

As part of the conference, a forward-looking session on electromobility brought together policymakers, industry and researchers.

This workshop included presentations on projects funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Public Private Partnership. Panellists of this session included the coordinators of the following projects on L-category vehicles: RESOLVE (Mario Santucci - Piaggio), WEEVIL (Jon Madariaga - IK4-Tekniker), EU-LIVE (Werner Rom - Virtual Vehicle Research Centre) and ESPRIT (Valéry Cervantes - CEA).

ACEM manufacturers displayed some of their vehicles at the event. The selection included, products designed for a wide range of purposes (e.g. individual mobility, leisure, small logistics) and with different powertrains (i.e. internal combustion-, electrically and hydrogen- propelled vehicles).

Quotes from ACEM President and ACEM Secretary General

Commenting on the recent market situation of the sector ACEM President Stephan Schaller said “between 2013 and 2014 registrations of powered-two and three-wheelers increased by 2%. The first months of 2015 show the same trend. We might start seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but a supportity regulatory framework that fosters investment, jobs and growth is necessary”.

Commenting on the relaunch of the Cars 2020 process he said “ACEM has been part of the previous process and wish to continue taking part in this important forum”.

ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said “Today’s discussions shows that European funded research can play a positive role in supporting industry’s innovation efforts. We look forward to continue cooperating with our partners in the EU institutions in this area”.


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Documents available to download 

Keynote speeches

ACEM President. BMW President Stephan Schaller: keynote speech (mp3), presentation (ppt).

Nikolaus von Peter. Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc: keynote speech (mp3).

 

1st session. The place of L-category vehicles in the EU. Panel discussion (mp3)

2nd session. Unlocking the innovation potential for L-category vehicles: electromobility.

Antonio Perlot: Unlocking the innovation potential for L-category vehicles (ppt), presentation (mp3)

Patrick. Mercier-Handisyde: Horizon 2020 and EGVI (ppt)presentation (mp3)

Mario Santucci - Piaggio: RESOLVE project (pdf), presentation (mp3)

ESPRIT (Valéry Cervantes - CEA): ESPRIT project (pptx), presentation (mp3)

Jon Madariaga - IK4-Tekniker: WEEVIL project (pptx), presentation (mp3)

Werner ROM - Virtual Vehicle Research Centre: EU-LIVE project (pptx), presentation (mp3)

Panel discussion (mp3) 

Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations increase by 3.9% on a year-on-year basis
13 Sep 2015

A total of 810,986 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first seven months of 2015 in the EU. This represents an increase of 3.9% compared to the 780,585 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (91,631 units, +20.6%), the UK (72,646 units, +13.2%), Italy (141,278 units, 5.4%), and Germany (132,252 units, +0.9%). They decreased in France (156,610 units, -2.5%).

Motorcycle registrations

Motorcycle registrations Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 9.6% during the first seven months of 2015 on a year-on year basis. A total of 613,711 motorcycles were registered between January and July 2015, against 559,733 during the same period of 2014. Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all key European markets, namely Spain (82,194 units, +21.9%), the UK (67,349 units, +15.6%), Italy (125,062 units, +8.6%), Germany (114,191 units, +6.5%), and France (105,453 units, +1.1%).

Moped registrations

A total of 197,275 mopeds were registered during the first seven months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 220,852 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014. This represents a decrease of 10.7%. Registrations increased in Spain (9,437, + 9.7%), although they decreased in France (51,157 units, -9.2 %), the UK (5,297 units, -11%), Germany (18,061 units, -24.1%) and Italy (16,216 units, -14.5%).


Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - July 2015.pdf [0.27 MB]

ACEM - Statistical data - July 2015.xls [0.25 MB]

Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations increase by 3.8% on a year-on-year basis
03 Aug 2015

A total of 666,119 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first six months of 2015 in the EU.

This represents an increase of 3.4% compared to the 644,527 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (72,097 units, +19.9%) and the UK (61,325 units, +13%), Italy (113,246 units, 2.3%) and Germany (114,770 units, +1.8%) They decreased in France (127,425 units, -2.9%).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 8.3% during the first six months of 2015 on a year-on year basis. A total of 505,229 motorcycles were registered between January and June 2015, against 466,496 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all key European markets, namely Spain (64,616 units, +20.9%), the UK (56,950 units, +15.3%), Italy (100,672 units, +5.1%) and Germany (96,709 units, +5%), and France (87,672 units, +0.3%).

Moped registrations

A total of 160,890 mopeds were registered during the first six months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 178,031 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014.

This represents a decrease of 9.6%. Registrations increased in Spain (7,481, + 12.2%), although they decreased in France (39,753 units, -9.2 %), the UK (4,375 units, -10.1%), Germany (18,061 units, -12.3%) and Italy (12,574 units, -15.5%).


Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - June 2015.pdf [0.27 MB]

ACEM - Statistical data - June 2015.xls [0.25 MB] 

Would you like to help us develop a new vehicle? RESOLVE launches online survey
07 Jul 2015

An online survey with the objective of gaining a better understanding of people’s real needs in terms of urban mobility has been launched by the members of the RESOLVE project.

The survey, available here, will help the members of the consortium to develop new components and systems for electric L-category vehicles as well as to propose new vehicle concepts (tilting and narrow track). 

Please note that no personal data will be collected in the process and that all of your answers will be kept confidential

About RESOLVE

RESOLVE, “Range of Electric SOlutions for L-category VEhicles”, is a research project bringing together two of the largest light-vehicles manufacturers in the European Union, Piaggio and KTM, and a wide range of companies and research institutions including BOSCH GMBH (Germany) Idiada Automotive Technology SA (Spain), the University of Warwick (UK), Universita Degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) and Universita di Pisa (Italy).

The main objective of this consortium is to develop components and systems for electric L-category vehicles.

All the advances will be demonstrated in two tilting four-wheeled prototypes, although the findings of the project will be applicable to the complete range of electric light vehicles.

More information

To learn more about RESOLVE please click here.

Should you be interested in receding additional information about the project, please contact  

Innovation and mobility will be the key themes of ACEM's 2015 annual conference
22 Jun 2015

The theme of ACEM's 2015 annual conference will be LET'S INNOVATE! Motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles and quadricycles, the smart choice

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