The Go Pedelec! project, closed in 2012, was largely funded by the EU within the Intelligent Energy Europe funding scheme (which meanwhile has been integrated into Horizon 2020). The Go Pedelec! Handbook is the main output of the Go Pedelec! project. It informs you about many things on pedelecs which you will not have known even though you might have already intensively dealt with the topic - be it as a final customer or as a municipal decision maker.

Download the various language versions of the handbook here:
Some of you the handbook layout and some articles will remind of the well-known ExtraEnergy test reports. But note: We have created a lot of new stuff for this handbook part of which you can find described briefly below (highlights).

Further results from the project

Please note that besides the handbook there are further important results from the project which you may download for free.
  1. A final public report, summarising all project results
  2. A document with information on pedelecs for municipal decision makers (in English and German)
  3. A market survey among the project's three key target groups: final customers, municipal decision makers and retailers plus a final evaluation report based on a further survey on pedelecs on the same three target groups in six countries including the conclusion about the overall project impact.
  4. A document on pedelecs and renewable energy
  5. A poster collection on pedelecs (in English and German, freely editable)
  6. A brochure, specifically developed for municipal decision makers
  7. A brochure with tips and tricks for final customers
  8. A document on legal issues on pedelecs
  9. A market assessment on the European pedelec market situation
  10. Videos on pedelec issues and project activities.

And here some highlights from the handbook...

Screenshots are taken from the German version of the handbook.

A small glossary around pedelecs.

p. 26: Why it would make sense to ban the sales of batteries. A company offering already today pedelecs without batteries (the battery may be rented separately). Why lithium from batteries and other substances are currently not recycled although according recycling plants already exist. The potential "second life" of a used battery which does not provide any more enough capacity for the usage in a pedelec.

p. 53: Results and conclusions from a survey in six European countries where municipal decision makers have been interviewed on topics around pedelecs. Which are the main target groups for pedelecs from the point of view of municipal decision makers? Reasons as seen from municipal decision-makers for subsidizing and promoting pedelecs. How many of the interviewees already have ridden a pedelec. Differences between pedelec forerunner countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Austria and other countries included in the survey (Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy).

p. 30: Hints on safe usage of batteries prepared for manufacturers, retailers and for end users.

p. 64: Why the fine control of the electric motor might make riding a pedelec even healthier than cycling and than many other kinds of sports.

p. 60: How much energy does a pedelec annually need? How much area do you need to provide the annual electricity demand via renewable energy from different sources? Why you should take a closer look when buying green electricity and what is the real effect of it. A core question: Does the pedelec substitute car rides or not? If yes, which percentage of the pedelec trips would have been made otherwise by car? Is there practical experience available?

In particular three articles may be recommended to municipal decision makers and tourist managers:
  1. charging infrastructure (p. 78)
  2. requests to local politicians (p. 80)
  3. requests to national politicians (p. 81)

What is relevant regarding the quality assessment of a pedelec?, In particular what is the meaning of the CE-label and why its implementation turns out so difficult when applied to pedelecs. More on a standard designed particularly for pedelecs which is to define all issues relevant to pedelecs in the future. Which standards apply to pedelecs in general and which is the current most comprehensive testing certificate (GS-certificate)