Industry to Consult with European Commission on e-Bike Legislation
At a busy meeting that took place last Saturday at Eurobike, the first steps were made to lobby for better European regulations for 2 and 3-wheeled Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs). Some 70 delegates from
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – At a busy meeting that took place last Saturday at Eurobike, the first steps were made to lobby for better European regulations for 2 and 3-wheeled Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs). Some 70 delegates from about 50 companies, representing an absolute majority share of the e-Bike business in Europe, attended the meeting.
The objective of the meeting organized by the European Twowheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA), in cooperation with the Light Electric Vehicle Associaton (LEVA), was to get an answer to the question whether the E-bike industry wants to enter into a dialogue with the European Commission on establishing more appropriate regulations for electric bikes, 2 and 3-wheeled LEVs, than what is currently in place. The participants of the meeting unanimously answered "yes" to this question.
The second question put to the assembled representatives of e-Bike manufacturers as well as e-Bike component makers, was whether the participants wanted a change in the current legislation as a result of which there currently stand 250 Watt and 25 km/h limitations for pedelecs – electric bicycles. The meeting voted almost unanimously for a change of legislation.
The third question was on who should initiate talks with the European Commission on a change of legislation. The meeting unanimously mandated ETRA to start up discussions with the European Commission on creating better regulations for e-Bikes, 2 and 3-wheeled LEVs.
As the European Commission wants to issue a first draft on the review of type-approval for among other things, e-Bikes, 2 and 3 wheeled LEVs in December of this year, ETRA is planning the next meeting already in the second half of September in Brussels. Main topic will be how to change and improve the existing legislation. LEVA will organize a parallel meeting for the American and Canadian industry on Friday 25 September at the upcoming Interbike Show in Las Vegas, USA while a meeting for the Chinese industry could take place in Beijing, China mid October.
For practical reasons, companies that want to participate in one of the three scheduled meetings are requested to register in advance with the ETRA-secretariat: tel. +32 9 233 60 05, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org