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Copied E-Bike Batteries Involve Risk of Overheating

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – The expensive replacement of e-bike batteries at the end of their life cycle sometimes results in batteries from unknown sources. However this does involve risks.

Copied E-Bike Batteries Involve Risk of Overheating
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One of the major risks associated with the transport of batteries and battery-powered equipment is short-circuit of the battery as a result of the battery terminals coming into contact with other batteries, metal objects or conductive surfaces. This is explained in chapter 5 on Battery Transportation in the new Bike Europe Whitepaper on EU regulations for e-bikes; pedelecs and speed pedelecs.

Dangerous good regulations

To minimize risk the transport of Lithium-Ion batteries over 100Wh has been classified as CLASS 9 – MISCELLANEOUS DANGEROUS GOODS under the dangerous good regulations for transport by road (ADR), by air (IATA & IACO) and by sea (IMDG).

Usually batteries manufactured, distributed or sold by major companies comply with the UN test requirements. However, certain replacement batteries, which are not OEM or aftermarket batteries but simply low-cost copies of those, may not have undergone the required tests. The differences between genuine and copied battery types may not be visible but could be very dangerous; such untested batteries may have a risk of overheating or causing fire.

Read more on safe e-bike battery transportation in the Bike Europe whitepaper on EU regulations for:

  • e-bikes
  • pedelecs
  • speed pedelecs

This Whitepaper offers legal guidelines on pressing issues when designing, developing, sourcing, distributing and selling e-bikes, pedelecs and speed pedelecs on the European markets.

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