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‘Quarter of All E-Bike Batteries Faulty’

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HILVERSUM, the Netherlands – An earlier this week broadcasted Dutch TV program on consumer affairs presented the outcome of a survey under its test-panel of 20,000 electric bikers. The conclusion was that over 25% of all e-bike batteries are faulty.

‘Quarter of All E-Bike Batteries Faulty’
Dutch TV program on consumer affairs reported that the vast majority of battery problems – 84% – occurred within three years after purchase. – Photo Radar

The TV program reported on disappointing expectations about the quality and lifetime of batteries. Next to the fact that over 25% of all e-bike batteries prove to be faulty; nearly 40% of them presented problems already within one year after purchase.

Batteries not functioning properly

The vast majority of battery problems – 84% – occurred within three years after purchase. 60% of the panelists having an e-bike presenting problems said that they wouldn’t have purchased it if they had known in advance about batteries not functioning properly. The test-panel of some 20,000 e-bikers also reported on display’s presenting unreliable information about how many kilometers still to be made with pedaling support.

‘Deceptive practices’

A lawyer specialized in consumer affairs said in this TV program called ‘Radar’ that. “The consumer is entitled to a proper product” and that “The life of a product must meet the expectations of an informed consumer. When a manufacturer provides a three year warranty and in the brochure mentions an expected lifetime of 4 to 8 years then you stand as a consumer strong when the battery breaks down after 4 or 5 years or when the capacity is declining dramatically.” The lawyer indicated further that, “There appears to be deceptive practices when it comes to manufacturers informing about the lifetime of e-bike batteries.”

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