The European TwoWheel Retail Association is seeking industry input on several rules and regulation changes relating to electric bikes.
The European Commision is set to produce a first draft of what it sees suitable laws to govern the industry by November.
Between now and then, ETRA requires the support of the industry and a consensus on how the type-approval should be reviewed for electric bicycles.
Of particular interest are the trade's thoughts on:
1) Are the 250 W and 25 km/h limitations the most appropriate specifications for excluding vehicles from the type-approval, thus classifying them as bicycles?
2) Is the type-approval procedure for mopeds and motorcycles the most appropriate homologation procedure for electric bikes not excluded from type-approval?
An ETRA press release states: "The European Twowheel Retailers' Association is prepared to defend and further the interests of the electric bike industry. In cooperation with the Light Electric Vehicle Associaton (LEVA), ETRA intends to organise a meeting for the electric bike industry in the framework of Eurobike in Friedrichshafen. The meeting is aimed at discussing the two above-mentioned questions and at deciding whether and how to lobby the European Commission."
The meeting is currently planned for Saturday September 5th at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen from 9AM till no later than midday. However, should the majority of the participants prefer another date and/or time, then ETRA will reschedule accordingly. All companies involved in the electric bike business are invited to join discussions.
Companies that want to participate or require further details should contact the ETRA-secretariat: tel. +32 9 233 60 05, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org