OTTAWA, Ontario (BRAIN) — Underwriters Laboratories has publishes a new standard for e-bike systems and certification of the bikes’ electrical components.
The new standard, UL 2849 and dated Jan. 2, focuses on pedal-assist and non-pedal-assist e-bikes’ electrical systems and battery chargers to address specific issues related to those types of products, including mechanical, electrical and functional safety.
The UL’s previous standard focused on electronic systems for multiple e-mobility product types, like e-scooters and e-motorcycles. UL is a global safety certification company based in Northbrook, Ill. In 2012, it went from a nonprofit to a for-profit company. UL standards are voluntary, but in some industries, manufacturers will only buy electrical components that pass UL certification.
Panasonic, part of a UL Standards Technical Panel to develop the new standard, claims it offers the first e-bike system in North America to receive the certification. It announced the certification ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show held last week in Las Vegas.
Panasonic used the new standard as an opportunity to get on the CES news cycle, but all e-bike suppliers should be aware of the new standard, said Michael Baker, marketing director of ACT Lab, an independent third-party accredited consumer product testing laboratory that worked on …read more