Micromobility trade organisation LEVA-EU has become a full member of Small Business Standards, a voice for European SMEs.
LEVA-EU (Light Electric Vehicle Association in Europe), the only trade body in Europe to work exclusively for the light electric vehicle market, aims to represent the interests of distributors, manufacturers and suppliers of micromobility products within the EU.
The organisation has now joined Small Business Standards (SBS) with an eye on standardisation within the light electric vehicle market, including development of adequate and high-quality standards, which may be easily applied by SMEs.
LEVA-EU board member Eddie Eccleston has already been working as an expert with SBS for three years, resulting in the closer relationship between the two organisations.
Small Business Standards (SBS) was selected by the European Commission to represent SMEs in the standardisation process, motivate them to get involved and raise their awareness about standardisation.
LEVA-EU has tried to tackle the lack of SME-involvement, by building support for the SBS expert’s SME-friendly positions and approach through convincing their members to become active in standardization themselves.
LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck said: “We worked closely together with SBS on the Machinery Regulation, which made it clear to us that a closer cooperation with SBS would strengthen our lobby work for certain issues, which are directly relevant to the LEV-business such as the new Machinery and Battery Regulation.
“What’s more, the 21 SBS-members represent a large variety of SMEs, ranging from timber construction to ICT SMEs. They may well be interested in learning from LEVA-EU about sustainable mobility, through the use of Light Electric Vehicles. We are truly excited about our SBS-membership.”
SBS secretary general, Maitane Olabarria, added: “The light electric vehicles sector is a developing dynamic sector. Standardisation plays an important role in its development, and we are looking forward to being able to further support European SMEs in this area together with LEVA-EU.”