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The “Guidelines for the parts replacement of CE marked e-bikes / pedelecs up to a pedal assist of 25 km/h (15.5 mph)” was extended by another category. The new “category 5” includes in particular indications with regard to the fitting of accessories. According to a statement of the work group, this had become necessary due to the frequent inquiries of specialist dealers that were unsure about retrofitting accessories. It was now more clear how to handle the retrofitting of various accessories, such as bar ends, front baskets or child seats.
In the “Guidelines for the parts replacement of speed e-bikes / pedelecs up to a pedal assist of 45 km/h (28 mph)” the brake system was added in category 2 (components which may only be replaced upon presentation of a valid test report) and notes on front baskets, pannier bags and bar ends in category 4 (special notes for mounting accessories).
Click here to download the guidelines in German, English and French. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uimwf7l3korzwr6/AACdqruNYppBgqtmDlmW8hRea?dl=0
The following associations and companies are involved in the work group parts replacement on e-bikes and pedelecs: The umbrella organization for German industry guilds BIV, TUEV Rhineland, velotech.de, the German service and bicycle association VSF, Zedler-Institut as well as the German bicycle association ZIV.
Author: Jürgen Wetzstein