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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Re: Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

Postby pteknae » Sat May 12, 2018 10:29 am

So based on the VicRoads interpretation, a EN15194 compliant bike needs to be stamped with a label stated its compliant (APAC to EN15194), state the max 25km/hr speed and the max 250w power rating and have no throttle.

So where does that leave all the ebike kits that are 250w, 25km/hr limited, have no throttle, but have no EN15194 stamp?? Are these illegal??

There are so many sellers online (dillenger etc) selling bikes with 250W kits, or just 250w kits on their own as 'street legal' even though they dont have the stamping to comply with EN15194.

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Re: Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

Postby queequeg » Sat May 12, 2018 10:02 pm

pteknae wrote:So based on the VicRoads interpretation, a EN15194 compliant bike needs to be stamped with a label stated its compliant (APAC to EN15194), state the max 25km/hr speed and the max 250w power rating and have no throttle.

So where does that leave all the ebike kits that are 250w, 25km/hr limited, have no throttle, but have no EN15194 stamp?? Are these illegal??

There are so many sellers online (dillenger etc) selling bikes with 250W kits, or just 250w kits on their own as 'street legal' even though they dont have the stamping to comply with EN15194.


It's the same rule in NSW: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/roa ... cycles.pdf

If it doesn't comply with EN15194, and also does not comply with the 200W limit for bikes with a throttle, then it's an electric motorcycle that needs to be registered (whether it can subsequently be registered is another matter). The bike must be labelled. If it's not, then you are mostly like going to be found to be riding an unregistered motorbike if queried.

All the kits you can buy online that exceed 200W are rendered illegal.

The great irony is that the local company that recently managed to get a 5% tariff put on all imported e-bikes does not actually make any street legal e-bikes. There's a guy on my local commute who rides with a dillenger kit on his bike, and he is managing speeds close to 60km/h. That is most definitely well outside the envelope for a legal e-bike.
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Re: Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

Postby zebee » Sun May 13, 2018 10:00 am

Hmm... so looks like my bionx 250 kit is not legal now. 250W pedal assisted[1]. Don't think it is stamped for example, will have to investigate. Probably not, being Canadian and so less likely to care about Euro standards. The various bionx websites are useless for information like that or information generally.

Hmmm.. "And since the standard only uses the term bicycle, electric tricycles with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and maximum 250W are now no longer covered by the standard. "

oops! that's even worse for me then!

Given NSW's inability to cope with new standards (the long and sorry saga of motorcycle exhaust standards is well off topic but trust me it is equal parts hilarious and enraging) I guess I just hope the various bods riding about on throttle only 500W kits don't mean some plod sees the trike barrelling along downhill and decides to book me for no stamp.

As I am usually nowhere near the CBD or Centennial park I have so far not been Pedro'd. If they decide to crack down on illegal ebikes I wonder where they will do it? Probably the same target rich environments of the CBD and inner west.

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[1] but has a throttle that is apparently 200W only but don't ask me how that works!

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Re: Revised EN 15194 E-Bike Safety Standard Implemented

Postby queequeg » Sun May 13, 2018 5:42 pm

zebee wrote:Hmmm.. "And since the standard only uses the term bicycle, electric tricycles with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and maximum 250W are now no longer covered by the standard. "

oops! that's even worse for me then!



No, a bicycle is defined in the Road Rule....

Road Rules 2014
In accordance with the ‘Dictionary’, bicycle means a vehicle with 2 or more wheels that is built
to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears
(whether or not it has an
auxiliary motor), and includes:
(a) a pedicab, penny-farthing and tricycle, and
(b) a power-assisted pedal cycle*, but does not include:
(c) a wheelchair, wheeled recreational device, wheeled toy, or
(d) any vehicle with an auxiliary motor capable of generating a power output over 200 watts
(whether or not the motor is operating), other than a vehicle referred to in paragraph (b), or
(e) any vehicle that has an internal combustion engine or engines.


So, you are ok with a Tricycle, as long as it also meets the other requirements when powered with a motor.
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