Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

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Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:13 am

source: Bike EU

This is a shortened extract, read the full article in the original above.
This is relevant as the EN standard is used in many other nations including many of (or all of) the Australian states for defining electric bikes and their requirements / legal status.

Bike-EU wrote:BRUSSELS, Belgium – The very long-awaited revision of EN 15194 has finally been published and is already implemented by quite a few national standardization institutes. They have until 30th April 2018 to implement at national level, by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement. This revised version of the standard for 25km/h – 250W e-bikes is very different from the ‘old’ standard.

The previous standard only covered the electrical part of the concerned electric bicycles with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and a maximum continuous rated power of 250W. For the mechanical part, producers were referred to the ISO 4210 standard for conventional bicycles. EN 15194:2017 now covers the complete electric bicycle. This change was made because the mechanical part of an electric bicycle needs more stringent requirements than a conventional bicycle.

Changes in scope
The revised standard also entails some major changes in the scope. Because ISO 4210 was not applicable to specialized types of bicycle such as delivery bicycles, recumbent bicycles, tandems, BMX bicycles, and bicycles designed and equipped for use in severe applications
such as sanctioned competition events, stunting, or aerobatic manoeuvres, the old EN 15194 could not be applied to the electric versions of such bicycles either.

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Re: Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

Postby find_bruce » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:06 pm

Thanks Christopher. Have to say I'm struggling to see how they justify
the mechanical part of an electric bicycle needs more stringent requirements than a conventional bicycle.


In 2012, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development exempted pedelecs from the Australian Design Rules if they complied with the European standard (EN 15194:2009) .This was then followed in the road rules to allow 250w pedelecs as bicycles and exempted them from needing registration if they are compliant with the EN standard.

Bikes with an auxiliary 200w electric motor are currently defined as bicycles without the need for compliance with the EN standard.

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