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ISO releases new testing specification for e-bikes

Published August 4, 2020

GENEVA (BRAIN) — The International Organization for Standardization published its 10th specification for e-bike manufacturing safety, this one addressing requirements and testing methods for motors and electrical systems.

Published July 24, the ISO/TS 4210-10 melds regulations from various countries to provide agreed upon safety requirements. It has been primarily developed as a European standard for e-bikes, said Larry Pizzi, who chairs the PeopleForBikes' e-bike committee and is chief commercial officer for Alta Cycling Group.

"Similar to the recently published UL 2849 standard, testing to meet these types of standards is beneficial to a brand to ensure the safety of your products, but testing to these standards is not currently part of any regulation or requirement to sell a product into the market," he said.

Pizzi said he would urge brands to consult with private counsel on matters such as standard testing.

The 4210-10 testing requirements also include electrical circuits, including the charger, for assessment of design and assembly.

For the past five years, ISO 4210 has been considered the global standard for testing all bikes, including traditional pedal bikes, and can be beneficial in a product liability lawsuit.

Developing standards is conducted through ISO technological committees. International organizations, governmental and non-governmental, also contribute. ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission on all matters of electrotechnical standardization.

The ISO published its 10th specification for e-bike manufacturing safety.
Topics associated with this article: Electric bike

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