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Insurance Companies Start Smear Campaign against<br>e-Bikes in Germany

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German insurance companies are apparently pushing for laws and regulations on e-bikes from which they can benefit now that electric bikes are becoming mainstream in the country. In order to establish such regulations they have started a smear campaign against e-bikes with films that show

Insurance Companies Start Smear Campaign against<br>e-Bikes in Germany

BERLIN, Germany – German insurance companies are apparently pushing for laws and regulations on e-bikes from which they can benefit now that electric bikes are becoming mainstream in the country. In order to establish such regulations they have started a smear campaign against e-bikes with films that show ludicrous  ‘tests’ that must prove that e-bikes are unsafe.

A film on You Tube shows how these ‘tests’ are performed. The two ‘tests’ must prove that pedal assisted e-bikes as well as speed pedelcs are unsafe. The test with a pedal assisted e-bike shows two test-dummy’s on bikes that pass each other. One test-dummy on an e-bike is passing the other at 25 km/h. This dummy on the e-bike touches the other and they both crash. The other test shows a speed pedelec crashing full into the side of a car at 45 km/h.

The obvious goal of these tests – which are a far cry from reality as the film on YouTube makes abundantly clear – is pushing for laws and regulations on e-bikes that benefit insurance companies.

In The Netherlands, where at this moment over 600,000 electric bicycles are in use, there are no special laws and regulations for pedal assisted bicycles. Obviously, insurance companies in The Netherlands have a wealth of experience and knowledge on the safety records of these vehicles.

 

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