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The ChargeLockCable – Lock and load at the same time

The ChargeLockCable combines charging for light electric vehicles (LEVs) with theft protection and security, turning it into a cycle lock at the same time. Find out more at INTERMOT 2012!

LEV theft protection, fast charging and charging either outdoors or under a roof – the technical committee of the EnergyBus Consortium has deliberated at length about all of these issues. As a result they have developed the ChargeLockCable. The so‐called Charge-Lock EnergyBus System makes the charger cable into a bike lock.

Industry standards and a functional charging infrastructure are the most important issues for the future of the LEV industry (pedelecs, e‐bikes, e‐scooters etc.). Only thus can the product benefits of LEVs be convincing long term, and electric‐propelled two‐wheelers build their significance in mobility behaviour worldwide.

Standardised Safety
The matter of safety is an important consideration. Almost all currently commercially available chargers for pedelecs are only approved for use in dry conditions. So they are not suitable for charging in the open or even under a roof.

In principle, all power sockets which are located outside are also unusable for charging pedelecs because they are:

-> not legal to use (unless you have a charger approved for outside use)

-> impractical (no theft protection available)

-> time intensive (charge time)

With the aim of establishing a system which will work for the whole industry, the ChargeLockCable is now being implemented as part of the EnergyBus Charging Infrastructure pilot project.

Do it Youself
Visit the pilot regions of Tegernsee, Schliersee and Achensee. These offer leisure cyclists numerous pedelec hire and battery charging stations all to the EnergyBus Standard. From 2013, introduction of the EnergyBus ChargeLockCable will begin.

  • Consider compatibility now. When procuring bike stands be sure to equip them with electrical power. You can find possible suppliers at:
>> (German language)
  • Invite a MDM (Municipal Decision Maker) Workshop to your city. These workshops offer municipal decision makers information about the development of an LEV infrastructure for their region.

  • In the short term, don’t invest in charging infrastructure, but instead in general cycle friendliness.
Find out more at INTERMOT 2012 at hall 5.2 booth A053.

Translation: Peter Eland, prepared within the EU GoPedelec! project: GoPedelec! Handbook (German version), Go Pedelec! Handbook in Czech, Dutch, English, Hungarian, and Italian

Picture: Atelier Papenfuss

Online Publication: Angela Budde

10 August 2012

Updated: 5 November 2012



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