How can electric micro and light vehicles become drivers of an urban transport transition and unleash their potential, rather than congesting sidewalks and sparking municipal dissent? Individual transit below the category of cars relies on relatively low-cost, agile and oftentimes environmentally friendly vehicles with the potential to reduce inner-city car congestion and improve urban quality of life.
Meanwhile, both regulatory challenges and the lack of standardisation might slow down the electric micro mobility adoption. In Germany, the lack of regulation particularly for the smallest category of Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEV) has been a crucial hurdle for their implementation for years. In China, where PLEV are significantly more wide-spread, the hitherto ambiguous positioning of PLEV in Chinese traffic laws and lack of national standards have resulted in regulatory loopholes and higher traffic accident rates, which are slowly addressed by increasing common safety standards and tighter controls.
This new report gives a comprehensive overview of vehicle types, regulations and market potentials of electric micro vehicles in both countries. It highlights that in order to incorporate electric micro mobility in urban transition ventures, legal frameworks and traffic regulations in both China and Germany must better reflect and adjust to the usage of all new micro vehicle classes. Clear coordination of regulatory frameworks and managerial responsibilities on national and local levels are key to ensure their smooth integration into existing and future urban traffic layouts.
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