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Confusion Rising on Speed E-Bikes

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Like in more European countries where e-bikes are popular or are becoming a trend the confusion on speed e-bikes is rising. As in Belgium.

Confusion Rising on Speed E-Bikes
Currently industry players are making a joint effort in developing a helmet for speed e-bike usage that looks like a bicycle helmet, but that meets the ECE-2205 standard for motorcycle & moped helmets. – Photo Bosch

National newspapers are reporting on a discussion whether or not that people riding speed e-bikes need an insurance. However, according to one industry insider the situation on speed e-bikes is very simple and clear-cut.

Simple situation

The simple situation is that ‘Brussels’ has decided that all electric two-wheelers that have over 250Watt motors that offer pedal-support over 25 km/h are under the L1 category. This means that they are considered to be mopeds. With that category type-approval, license plate, insurance, age limit and the obligation to ward a helmet becomes compulsory.

ECE-2205 helmet standard

In the Netherlands the government recently announced an obligation to wear a helmet when riding a speed e-bike. It triggered a discussion on what kind of helmet that must be. However, also here the L1 category division comes into play. It must be a helmet that meets the standards laid down for motorcycle & moped helmets. This is the ECE-2205 standard which differs considerably with the EN 1078 norm that stands for bicycle usage.

Developing specific speed e-bike helmet

Currently industry players are making an effort in developing a helmet specifically for speed e-bike usage. It must look like a bicycle helmet, but have to meet the ECE-2205 standard for motorcycle & moped helmets. How far these efforts stand at the moment is unclear; Bike Europe will report on that later. For now; all you need to know on e-bike as well as speed e-bike regulations is the Whitepaper you can download on this page.

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