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As Legal Status of E-Bikes Have Changed New Test Laboratory for EN 15194 Compliance is Opened

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As Legal Status of E-Bikes Have Changed New Test Laboratory for EN 15194 Compliance is Opened
DEKRA opened new electromagnetic compatibility laboratory and battery test facilities based in Stuttgart. – Photo DEKRA

STUTTGART, Germany – DEKRA, the German testing and experts organization, has expanded its range of services targeted to electric two-wheel mobility. A new electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) laboratory and battery test facilities based in Stuttgart are opened. It’s to meet growing demand caused by the recent changes in the legal status of e-bikes. Compliance of 25km/h e-bikes with the Machinery Directive and EN 15194 is now a legal obligation.

DEKRA’s new facilities is providing an all-in service for manufacturers and dealers of e-bikes, speed pedelecs as well as electric step-scooters and other and Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs). According to DEKRA “The safety of electric bicycles is increasingly coming under the spotlight. The test requirements for mechanical systems and electric drives are becoming ever more detailed, complex and stringent, which is why DEKRA – Europe’s top testing organization – is investing throughout the Group in new test facilities to meet the growing demand for tests and approvals for state-of-the-art mobility.”

The safety of electric bicycles is increasingly coming under the spotlight

EN 15194 and Machinery Directive

That growing demand is caused by the fact that the legal status of e-bikes recently changed. That’s triggered by the since last March legal obligation of electric bicycles with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and maximum 250W to comply to the Machinery Directive. This means that compliance with EN 15194:2017 results in complying to the law stipulated in the Machinery Directive. It results in the fact that the importance of complying with EN 15194 has become much greater because it now means that legislation is being complied with.

Safety of individual systems and functional safety

According to a DEKRA press release the German testing and experts organization is offering “For electric bicycles all the EU-mandated tests from a single source in accordance with DIN EN 15194, covering a range of aspects including markings, user guides, mechanical and electrical safety in accordance with the Machinery Directive, the safety of individual systems and functional safety. DEKRA will be testing electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in its new EMC laboratory, which was recently put into operation in Stuttgart.”

Type-approval services

For speed pedelecs that require type-approval and homologation, DEKRA also offers the services of the DEKRA Technology Center in Klettwitz. “Recognized EU-wide as a technical service, the DEKRA Technology Center conducts comprehensive testing on speed pedelcs and e-scooters in accordance with the new PLEV Ordinance (eKFV) as well as road traffic certification (StVZO).”
The DEKRA experts and laboratories also offer the full range of supplementary bicycle-related tests: in-development material and component tests; environmental simulations and damage analysis in the materials laboratory; tests for hazardous substances in the chemistry laboratory; lighting tests in the light laboratory; damage assessments and usability tests.
DEKRA will be showcasing its range of services for the bicycle industry for the first time ever at Eurobike. More at www.dekra.com

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