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Talks Started on ISO World Standard for E-Bikes

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SHANGHAI, China – On May 10, the day after this year’s China Cycle Show closed its doors, a 4-day conference on getting to a ISO world standard for electric power assisted cycles (EPACs) started. It’s expected that it will take years to get to a world standard for electric bicycles.

Talks Started on ISO World Standard for E-Bikes
Getting to a ISO standard for EPACs is not about making a simple duplication of the already existing European EN 15194 standard. – Photo Bike Europe

Getting to a world standard for e-bikes follows after the publication the ISO 4210 standard on September 1, 2015. This is the safety standard for City-/Trekking-/MTB/Road- and Young Adult bikes. It’s the world standard that replaces the former EN standards. There’s now ISO 4210 part 1 to 9 for all bicycle categories.

Replacing EN 15194

On May 10 in Shanghai talks started on the new ISO standard for e-bikes which is to replace the current EN 15194 standard. Some 60 delegates of industry stakeholders, test houses and experts took part in the 4-day conference. What has been discussed in Shanghai is to come to a ISO standard that is to include everything that’s not covered by the European type approval regulation. It means that the focus is on 25 km/h and 250 Watt e-bikes only.

Differences between Europe, America and Asia

Getting to a ISO standard for EPACs is not about making a simple duplication of the already existing European EN 15194 standard. The EU spokesman on safety standards, Siegfried Neuberger, who also took part in the Shanghai conference said on this in an interview Bike Europe had with him in 2015, “We have to take into consideration the differences in this product category in Europe, America and Asia. Just think about the 20 miles limit in the US, let alone the current regulations in Asia. In my point of view it will take minimum of two years to finalize the ISO 4210 part 10 for EPACs.”

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