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Bike Industry Absent at LEV Standardizing Meetings

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TANNA, Germany – The bicycle industry took an active role when EN 15194 for e-bikes was developed. But so far only the motorcycle Industry took part in the process of establishing the new key standards for all light electric vehicles (LEVs) including speed pedelcs.

Bike Industry Absent at LEV Standardizing Meetings
New standards for Light Electric Vehicles including e-bikes and s-pedelecs, which may overwrite the current EN standard EN 15194 sometime soon in some areas, are developed by the ISO IEC working group. - Photo Bike Europe

Such new standards, which may overwrite the current EN standard EN 15194 sometime soon in some areas, are developed by the ISO IEC working group. From 15 to 18 October 2013 in Kreuth, Germany the 3rd meeting of this working group on standardizing LEVs is to take place. The first two meetings were held without anyone from the e-bike Industry.

Motorcycle industry shows great interest

The first two meetings of ISO IEC joint working group took place in Shenzen, China in December 2012 and last June in Turin, Italy. In contrast to the bicycle sector, the motorcycle industry shows great interest in the work on standardizing Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs). Just indirectly the EnergyBus organization has been representing the bicycle industry. Main participants from the motorcycle industry are Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, KTM-motorcycle, Piaggio, BMW-motorcycle and Toyota.

Standardization scope

The Working group is named IEC/ISO TC69/JPT61851-3 LEV. The current standardization scope includes (next to other vehicle types) the electric bicycle (assisted speeds 25 & 45km/h) as well as non-pedal assisted e-bikes/e-scooters/e-motorcycles (with maximum speeds of 20, 25 & 45 km/h.).

Next ISO IEC working group meeting

The next ISO IEC joint working group meeting will take place on 15 to 18 October, 2013 in Kreuth, Germany at Hotel zur Post Kreuth. Kreuth is a small town is located near the Tegernsee. The meeting is held here because Tegernsee is the pilot region for the EnergyBus ‘Chargelock’ cable which is part of the standardization process.

Representatives from the bicycle industry are warm welcomed to join this meeting as guests or as participants of a national mirror group. Interested guests can register via Mrs. Antje Hopf of EnergyBus e.V. by sending an email to Antje.Hopf@EnergyBus.org

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