Manufacturers and stakeholders of the Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) assembled in Brussels last week to showcase solutions and innovations that may help solve traffic congestion and pollution in urban areas.
ACEM is the professional body representing the interests of 11 manufacturers producing a total of 22 motorcycle and moped brands, and 14 national associations.
For its conference on Urban Mobility, the Powered Two-Wheeler Contribution to Better Quality of Life in Cities, ACEM invited prominent experts and policy makers to debate on the mobility challenges that European cities are now confronted with on a daily basis. The conference, chaired by Malcolm Harbour MEP, was attended by ACEM's top management, member manufacturers and national associations, European institutions, city leaders and transport stakeholders.
Stefan Pierer, ACEM's recently elected president and KTM's managing director, highlighted the role of powered two-wheelers in urban transport and the commitment of the industry to play its part in solving the problem of traffic in cities. "The motorcycle industry is showing an enormous capacity to innovate and to offer new technical solutions like, electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low friction engines," Pierer said. "Urban mobility is the big chance for us and we are willing to work with the European Commission to find new sustainable solutions."
The innovations showcased by manufacturers included a BMW C1 electric prototype, Honda?s Ultra-Low Friction and Variable Cylinder Management engines, Piaggio?s hybrid three-wheeled MP3 scooter, and Yamaha?s electric and fuel cell mopeds ? all units designed to reduce CO2 and local emissions, fuel consumption and user costs.
In closing, Pierer mentioned the challenge of low cost extra-European products entering the European market and not always meeting the emissions and safety regulations. Pierer called for the European Commission to consider them not only a competitive risk for the European industry but also a threat to citizens' health.