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What makes a pedelec more dangerous than a bicycle?

Peak power is not the issue. Technical Standards - driver or threshold for market success and innovation! The key role of Standardization and Legislation - Part 3.
 

 
On 26th November 2019, Hannes Neupert, Chairman ExtraEnergy e.V./Executive Director EnergyBus e.V., talked online at the "Ebike Future Conference".    

Topic: Technical Standards - driver or threshold for market success and innovation! The key role of Standardization and Legislation - Part 3. 

Content 

  • Self introduction
  • The key role of Standardization and Legislation
  • Light Electric Vehicle parking and charging infrastructure
  • Contact data
  • references
Video
Watch Hannes Neupert´s speech in the video of part 2 of the key role of Standardization and Legislation: 

>> What makes a pedelec more dangerous than a bicycle?

Keep bicycle style of the pedelec
"We have to consider the facts that 250Watt is in the legislation and the standards - and a continuous rated power. 

But actually all these drive systems have no problem at all to deliver 700Watt of peak power but this peak can also be quite long. Of cause not for hours because the battery will then be empty.  

These are motorcycles because they deliver more than 250Watt. 

You can also argue that at very high, these 250Watt continued power will be much lower because the whole thing will get hot - yes, that’s a little bit funny argumentation. 

We have done some research on this subject. We will come back to this later. 

Important is that we have to create a standard and legislation which really makes sure that the bicycle style of the pedelec is still there.

That the principle is very, very closed to a bicycle.

May be even safer than a bicycle. 

Pedelecs more dangerous than bicycles
Bicycles are dangerous, this is a known fact - and an accepted fact. 

But the pedelec according to the current EN 15194 is by far more dangerous than a bicycle.  

What makes a pedelec more dangerous than a bicycle?
A) Absolut acceleration adds danger potential

B) Absolute speed creates danger potential 

This means, these two things which add danger potential - we have to describe and regulate it. 

Everything else does not matter.

For example absolute motor peak power is not the issue. 

Same danger potential as of the bicycle
That’s why we have to focus on this subject and not on how to measure the rated power which is not related to the standard and safety.  

Only when the pedelec standards and regulations which are building on the EN 15194 are written in a way that the danger potential of the pedelec is not relevantly higher than a bicycle the legal status of the pedelec equal to the bicycle can be kept on the long run. 

In standardization, we have to take care for two things:

We have to describe 
  • the minimum safety specs and 
  • the need to operability
 So, these are the two major topics of standardization.

Please read the previous article:

>> The bicycle industry is about to kill itself

Video recording and lecturing: Hannes Neupert

Video editing and online publication: Angela Budde

19th May 2020

 

 
 

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