“The rapidly expanding e-bike market makes the improved and more harmonised legislation on sustainability of batteries more urgent,” writes the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) in a statement. “Since the spring of 2020, we have actively supported the European Commission in the preparation of the recently published proposal for a new EU EU Batteries Regulation. We welcome this proposal, but would like to highlight some specific topics.
For industry organisation LEVA-EU, the Commission’s battery proposal is an existential threat for LEV-market. “The conditions set out for this categorisation are such that certain light, electric vehicles (LEV) will be prevented from coming on the market,” writes LEVA-EU in a statement. LEVA-EU has made proposals to the Commission for essential amendments.
Classification as portable batteries
A major change in the proposal is that e-bike batteries will be classified as portable batteries, similar to other batteries that are frequently handled by consumers, instead of industrial batteries, as is currently the case. In addition, a new sub-category is proposed for batteries of ‘light means of transport’. “We hope that this will allow for dedicated collection schemes for those types of batteries,” writes CONEBI. “However, there are also various aspects that will have to be further clarified including some of the definitions. For example, portable batteries are currently capped at 5 kilogram which could pose a problem for e-bike batteries as they have become larger in capacity and thus heavier over the past years.”
Questions and answers on sustainable batteries regulation
“Moreover, batteries of ‘light means of transport’ are currently limited to ‘vehicles that have an electric motor of less than 750W’, which would put batteries from EPACs, S-EPACs and powered cycles into two different categories. Instead, we propose to base the limits on the energy capacity of batteries and suggests 2kWh as a limit,” states CONEBI.