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Work on World E-Bike Standard; Plea for Higher Speed

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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – The 1st ISO meeting to get to a world standard for EPACs (electric power assisted cycles) took place last May in Shanghai, China. On what has been discussed there and on the progress made to get to that world standard was recently reported on by ExtraEnergy Chairman Hannes Neupert.

Work on World E-Bike Standard; Plea for Higher Speed
Talks started on getting to a ISO world standard for e-bikes, which is eventually to replace EN 15194. - Photo Sparta

At Eurobike Hannes Neupert presented a lecture that delved deeper into the possible chances for global standardization of electric two-wheelers. Getting to such a world standard for e-bikes follows after the publication the ISO 4210 standard on September 1, 2015.

ISO 4210 part 1 to 9

ISO 4210 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.

ISO world standard 4210-10

At the 1st ISO meeting talks started on getting to a ISO standard for e-bikes, which is eventually to replace EN 15194. 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 ISO world standard 4210-10 which 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.

No duplication of EN 15194

Getting to an ISO standard for EPACs is not about making a simple duplication of the already existing European EN 15194 standard and/or standards in use by other countries. Making such a simple overlay of existing legislation simply doesn’t work, said Hannes Neupert to his audience of some 50 industry experts at last September’s Eurobike. He continued, “Better is to start fresh.”

Changing 25km/h and 250 Watt

This fresh start means dropping what in the past decade has been THE parameters for e-bikes – 25km/h and 250 Watt. Neupert pleaded, “My view is that we have to consider what the right and good speed is for e-bikes. At that we also have to take into account other two-wheeled road users. Then 20 miles per hour or 32km/h is the appropriate speed and with no limit of Watts as you want to be able to reach the 32 km/h also when going uphill.”

Neupert proposed this at the ISO meeting in Shanghai as a member of the Chinese delegation. His proposal fell on deaf ears at most other participants in the conference want to stick to 25km/h and 250Watt.

Next ISO meeting

The procedure for getting to the ISO/CD 4210-10 global standard for e-bikes continues. The next meeting is scheduled for January 17 – 19, 2017.

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