Both technical visits below are totally free of charge. To register, fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

Technical Visit 1 (TV1) - Transpole maintenance site for automatic subway VAL
(40 min from the conference centre by subway)

TV1 will be organized on Thursday 5th of September afternoon. The departure will be at 5.20 pm (GMT+2) from the Conference Center.
The travel will be by subway from Lille Grand Palais station (line 2) to Quatre Canton station (line 1) and then by foot (5-10’) up to the Maintenance site. The visit will begin at about 6.00 pm.
Please note that the number of participants is limited to 25 people.

The VAL 206 (Véhicule Automatique Léger / Light Automatic Vehicle) introduced by MATRA transportation in 1983 in LILLE as a Historic first, is a fully automated driverless light rail that is monitored from an operation control center. SIEMENS Transportation Systems has then continuously upgraded and perfected the VAL system in terms of, both comfort and safety.

The system features short train interval times (less than a minute), speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour, and fast accelerations with short braking phases. Flexible division of the cars’ interior expands the available space and thereby offers increased passenger capacity.

After its success here in Lille, this system has been used in many other places: OrlyVal, Toulouse, Chicago, Taipeh, Rennes, Turin and Paris Charles-De-Gaulle Airport.


Technical Visit 2 (TV2) - Renault Kangoo ZE factory in Maubeuge
(1h30 from the conference centre by bus)

TV2 will be organized on Friday 6th of September morning. For safety reasons, the visit will be broken down in four groups of 12 people.
A bus will be provided from Lille Grand Palais. The bus will leave at 7.00 am (GMT+2) and returning at approximately 1.30 pm. A lunch box will be offered at the end of the visit (at Renault).
Please note that the number of participants is limited to 48 people.

MCA is one of two Renault group sites in France (alongside Flins) to build electric vehicles. More than 11,000 Kangoo Z.E. have been manufactured there. Named International Van of the Year 2012, Kangoo Z.E. reaps the benefits of the know-how and experience acquired on Kangoo ICE, with a recognized level of quality. Many companies and municipalities in France and abroad have already opted for Kangoo Z.E.

MCA is a production site that manages a wide range of vehicles for Renault, with a broad product family ranging from small LCVs to passenger cars, and from ICE to electric vehicles, a total of seven models in all (New Kangoo, Kangoo Maxi, Kangoo Express Compact, Kangoo Express, Kangoo Express Maxi, Kangoo Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Z.E), with up to twelve engines.

During visit, you will see assembly areas.

The technical visits of EPE’13 are organised on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here for and we will contact you in due course whether you have been successful in securing a place.

ON-LINE registration for the technical visits is now closed. 17 places are still remaining for the visit of Renault. If you would like to sign up for, registration will be on-site at the registration desk until Tuesday evening, the 3rd of September, and subject to availability.