Erik Oddershede is the director of the Danish trade association Danske Cykelhandlere; ETRA’s member in Denmark. He has been a member of the ETRA Committee for 15 years.
Maurice Manders, who was elected President of ETRA in 2009, stepped down earlier this year in order to take up a new job in another sector.
“I want to thank the past president Maurice Manders for his good work for ETRA and its members, which strongly improved ETRA’s financial and political position."
Oddershede added: “I will do my best to help members deal with future challenges. Electric vehicles are a growing market and will without any doubt play an important part in the future of dealers of bicycles and power two-wheelers.
"Therefore it is very important that ETRA make the European Institutions aware of the many benefits of electric bicycles, scooters and motorcycles as a key element of a sustainable urban transport system.”
ETRA is currently lobbying the EU to change the laws on electric bikes, allowing them to be faster and more powerful.
A statement on the ETRA website says:
"If you want the market to remain limited to bicycles with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and a motor output limit of 250W, there is no need to read any further."
It then goes on to promote the need for ‘speed pedelecs’ and other forms of e-bikes. ETRA represents European moped and motorbike dealers as well as bicycle dealers.