November 20 2012.

INTERMOT Cologne registered its best ever results in 2012, attracting over 203,000 visitors for the first time. From the 3rd to the 7th of October, the motorized two-wheeler sector presented an impressive number of world premieres and thrilled fans from all over Europe. The product range at INTERMOT e-motion, the area at the trade fair for electrically propelled two-wheelers, made a significant contribution to the event's excellent results. In total, over 200 companies displayed their innovations for alternative drive technology throughout all of the exhibition halls at INTERMOT Cologne, and 81 suppliers presented their range of products in the e-motion area.

Exhibitors seemed almost overwhelmed by the huge number of visitors,  in terms of both the quantity and quality of the visitors. The e-scooters on display at the fair provided an overview of the entire market. Along with pedelecs and e-bikes, many consumers consider e-scooters to be attractive options for urban mobility. The A2B company presented a prototype that incorporates the first AEG drive while e-bility, a supplier, presented a new e-bicycle that was developed in cooperation with the manufacturer Schauff. These were just two of the premieres that attracted a lot of attention. The suppliers Zero and Brammo were also delighted with the public response to their e-motorbikes.

According to a representative survey, over 63 per cent of the trade visitors and more than 57 per cent of the non-trade visitors spent some time at INTERMOT e-motion in Hall 5.2. The trade visitors were particularly interested in the newest generation of e-motorcycles, (47 per cent), followed by the latest e-scooters. (30 per cent). and pedelecs. (26 per cent). The great amount of interest shown in the vehicles on display was also reflected in the high number of test rides that were taken on the special e-vehicle test tracks. The indoor LEV track and the outdoor e-scooter track were completely booked out every day of the trade fair. Taken together, there were a total of almost 6,300 test rides on the two courses.

The INTERMOT visitors also enjoyed first-rate motor sport at the LEV and e-scooter world championship races staged on the exhibition grounds. Driving for BMW was the professional racer and world champion stunt rider Chris Pfeifer, who claimed first place with a brand new BMW e-scooter ahead of strong competition. The electro-bike stage was also very popular. Here, visitors were able to check out the latest trends and get answers to their questions about e-bikes.

The E-Bike Award 2012 celebrated its grand finale at the LEV Conference. The organizers of the national award, RWE Deutschland and the association ExtraEnergy, awarded the first prize to the "inmod" project. This is a system for networking local public transportation with private transport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The system was developed by the Competence Centre for Rural Mobility at Wismar College. In this approach to public transport, electric express busses no longer drive through village centres, but instead stay on the main roads. Individuals who want to catch the bus, ride a pedelec to the bus stop located outside of their village, a trip of up to ten minutes. As a result, everyone arrives at their destination more quickly and rural bus travel could once again become an attractive option. Second place in the "E-Bike Award 2012" competition was claimed by Regionalverkehr Münsterland GmbH and the Steinfurt administrative district for their model project "ST mobil" in Mettingen. The third place "E-Bike Award 2012" was presented to the Wedel municipal utility company in recognition of its project for a fully automated e-bike rental system.

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Dates for the 2014 INTERMOT Cologne - 1st to 5th October 2014