Safety standard for personal light electric vehicles
At that level already in 2016 work started for getting to a voluntary standard that will provide safety requirements for personal light electric vehicles (PLEVs). A framework dealing with their use is to be developed for new modes of urban mobility like electric step-scooters, Segway’s and self-balancing vehicles (including single wheel transporters). These PLEVs are currently put on the market without prior harmonized test methods based on shared methods. European Directives do indeed exist, but they don’t provide any specific requirements for these machines, nor do they prevent the sale of badly performing or even hazardous products. Here’s more on the safety standard for PLEVs.
Within type-approval scope?
The question is also whether electric step-scooters, which in many cases are equipped with motors of over 250W and capable of speeds of over 25km/h, are to be considered like e-bikes. Meaning that more is needed for protecting users than just a safety standard like EN 15194 that applies to 25km/h electric bicycles.
On this Manuel Marsilio says “Maybe such electric step-scooters have to fall within the current type-approval scope applying for instance to e-scooters, e-mopeds, or other vehicles with over 250W motors which are throttle operated.”
Measures set by national governments
The comments made by the CONEBI GM make clear that the awareness process for what electric step-scooters sharing and their use in cities are bringing, has only just started in Brussels. If it means that EU regulations are still a long way off.