The growing popularity of electric bicycles has naturally resulted in new safety standards and regional legislation to ensure consumer safety. These standards and regulations can present themselves as overwhelming, leaving many e-bike suppliers at a loss when creating plans to meet all necessary safety and regulatory criteria. We’ve compiled a few tips to help clarify the process and set suppliers and manufacturers up for success.
What is the difference between a bicycle and e-bike testing?
The significant difference between standard bicycle requirements and E-Bike Safety Testing requirements is the obligation to meet Electrical Safety Requirements and Wireless Compliance. It is important to acknowledge, however, that electrical components themselves will need to meet requirements in other test categories. For our purposes, we will focus on the larger categories of electrical safety testing and wireless compliance.
What is needed to Prepare necessary documents and specifications?
To determine relevant e-bike safety tests and potentially reduce testing obligations, companies must have a full understanding of the product and secure the following documents and specifications:
Full specifications on any lighting supplied with the bike
Any test reports or certifications available for electrical components
Keep in mind, many of these documents can be supplied by the producer of the electrical components.
What are the Outline relevant regional standards?
In order to comply with relevant e-bike safety test standards, companies will need to identify and outline the regions in which the e-bike will be sold. For example, when e-bikes are sold in the United States, they are required to meet the following e-bike standards in addition to those for the standard bicycle:
When the testing process is complete, there may be aspects of e-bike testing that require certification in order to meet the full publication of the law. For example, 47 CFR 15, Subpart C requires submission to the FCC for certification in the US. Once the certification process is complete, your e-bike is ready for market.
ACT Lab’s e-bike testing and compliance services
ACT Lab offers a comprehensive range of consultation and testing services to ensure e-bike consumer safety and compliance around the world. Our services extend beyond testing with an industry-leading team of experts providing individualized guidance on product evaluation, research and development, auditing, and quality control. With four test labs and six corporate offices across the globe, we work with customers to navigate the complicated world of e-bike compliance through all aspects of the global supply chain to deliver safe and reliable products to consumers.