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Overview: EU Standards for Pedelecs

For the last 30 years or so we in Europe have been on a long road from national autonomy to a single unified governance – although it would really be much better to strive towards worldwide unifichange (...)

(...) from a purely mechanical industry to a complex one incation at the same time.

But when one observes how long the cen- tral European unification process is taking, it is clear to see that at a global level it would hardly go any easier or faster. But in ge- neral terms, people and their mobility needs are very similar, so it should be possible in the longer term to establish at least in ba- sic terms very similar rules. Some ideas on this can be found here:

>> Dream Legislation around Pedelecs

Just like the transition which other sectors of industry have already gone through, the cycle industry currently finds itself amid the change from a purely mechanical industry to a complex one in which technical competence in software, power electronics, elect- ro-mechanics and electrochemistry are all required. So this means that companies must address new challenges, for example electro- magnetic compatibility. It can be assumed that this transition will require another 10 years. If any manufacturer does not embrace this change promptly they will as a result disappear from the mar- ket, or lose their market position.

>> Overview EU standards for Pedelecs in detail
>> Information on the CE mark

Text and picture: Prepared within the EU GoPedelec! project: GoPedelec! Handbook (German version)

>> Go Pedelec! Handbook in Czech, Dutch, English, Hungarian, and Italian

Translation: Peter Eland (

Online release: Angela Budde

7 June 2013



Until 6 April: Cycle deliveries
Until 20 April: Cargo pedelec deliveries
From 11 April: Ride testing incl. Off-road test and Ergonomics test, ride testing Cargo pedelecs
Until 21 April: Re-publication booking deadline

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