Selling E-Bike Tuning Kits; Implications & Legalities
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Selling speed tuning kits for e-bikes is spreading throughout the countries where electric bicycles have gained market share in recent years. In Germany and in the UK authorities are checking upon dealers on the sale of de-restricted e-bikes as there are fierce implications and legalities to take into account.
In particular e-bikes fitted with 25 km/h Bosch systems are easy to tune with a widely available kit. It’s simple to make such bikes capable of a 45 km/h top speed. However, Bosch is able to track the possible hampering of each individual drive system when logged on for possible malfunctioning of the system. When hampering is ascertained the regular 2-year warranty is cancelled.
Liable for all damages
What also should be noted is that in case of an accident involving by dealers tuned e-bikes this can have serious consequences as dealers can be held fully liable for all damages. In particular when these damages involve hospitalization and/or permanent handicaps this will result in huge compensation claims.
Numerous webshops (like www.e-bikeshop.co.uk – www.emc-deurne.nl – www.ewerk-aachen.de) are currently offering e-bike tuning kits. The one for Bosch systems looks the same at all webshops with similar photos used online.
Pressure on other retailers
According to a UK dealer, “The promotion and sale of this un-tested type of e-bike puts huge pressure on other retailers to follow suit. If manufacturers and distributors allow this trend to continue un-checked the market for compliant e-bikes will shrink as the public shun products built to legal speeds and choose instead modified models with no speed restrictions.”
The question that all this is posing is how to fight this and/or whether the tuning of e-bikes can be stopped or limited? Is this the same as what happens with mopeds and scooters that are tuned by youngsters?