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The two Go Pedelec! expert trainings in Budapest were well attended. For the first training 40 participants registered whereas for the second training even 60. The attendance was high because for the invitation of retailers and the translation Go Pedelec! contracted the Hungarian Pedelec manufacturer Gepida. The room was packed. Participation was free of charge and included also lunch and coffee breaks.

Listen to feedbacks of participants here.

The first training which went from 10.00 to 18.00 was entirely filled with speeches of Hannes Neupert with Gabor Siska from Gepida translating to Hungarian. As it turned out later more than one participant expected a technical training and missed such purely technical elements. However, on the other hand, they conceded that the provided information was very interesting nevertheless.
Hannes Neupert, ExtraEnergy, with a force sensor used for the ExtraEnergy tests.
This shows the important difference of a Go Pedelec! training to conventional retailer trainings manufacturers hold for their retailers. Go Pedelec! is not a further technical training but broadens the horizon on questions such as 'What are important characterstics of a Pedelec?', 'What is there to know about a battery and safety issues?', 'Which functions are to be expected from future Pedelec products?', 'Which kind of people (target groups) are interested in Pedelecs?', 'What did successful retailers do?'.

One lesson learned from these two Hungarian trainings was most impressing:

It is not true that Pedelecs have no market in Hungary.

Market potentials may differ from region to region however they are there and they also depend much on a retailer's interest. For instance, one shop owner came from Sopron where he said there are people who do have the money to afford a Pedelec. Another particularity about the Hungarian market is that it is currently strongly dominated by the Hungarian manufacturer Gepida. The training helped to broaden the view showing more brands.

A continuation of the expert trainings beyond Go Pedelec! is likely. After an appeal on the beginning of the second training that Go Pedelec! looks for persons who will continue the organisation of trainings two persons declared their interest, one of them seems to be the ideal candidate because he is no retailer.
The idea is to hold an according training already in November 2012 where issued could be dealt with which some participants missed at the current training.

The second training comprised more presentations were held directly in Hungarian:
There were presentation on Gepida, Agogs and on Bosch and Yamaha who, however, did not attend the event but had passed on their presentation to Gepida who held it for them. The day started at 09.00 and lasted until 15.45.

Much interest came to the surface during the presentation of Phylion held by Jack Ling on batteries. For instance it triggered a vivid discussion about battery safety and according available training courses for retailers which would entitle them for the most relevant operations with batteries such as storing them and sending them. Actually one participant missed information legal aspects in particular reflecting the Hungarian situation.

Much movement was introduced by the presentation of the Austrian drive train producer MPF, represented by Wilhelm Breitenhuber. Mr. Breitenhuber brought the MPF motor with him, opened it and released it to all participants for close examination during the coffee break.

Most of the presentations were audio-recorded.
Gabor Siska, Gepida, and Hannes Neupert, ExtraEnergy.
Jack Ling from Phylion.
The audience.
Poll within the audience done via handraising.
Akos Szatzger, http://ebikeee.com/.
Wilhelm Breitenhuber, head of the Austrian MPF.
Wilhelm Breitenhuber, head of MPF with retailers around the open MPF motor.
Thomas Lewis, energieautark, appealing for a person who would continue the Go Pedelec! trainings in Hungary.