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In order to help you ensure the safety of e-bikes and electrically power-assisted cycles (EPACs), we involved industry leaders in the development of next-generation, e-bike safety requirements for UL 2849, the Standard for Electric Bicycles, Electrically Power Assisted Cycles (EPACs), Electric Scooters and Electric Motorcycles.

As e-bike technology evolves, new strategies and protective circuitry will be required for safe operation. Investigating potential harmful hazards is a fundamental part of building consumer trust and protecting brand reputation. This Standard offers electrical and fire safety certification by examining the electrical drive train system, battery system and charger system combinations.

UL 2849 covers:

  • E-bikes (typically sit-to-operate and over-the-road use), pedelec (pedal assisted electric) cycles, e-motorbikes and e-scooters.
  • The risk of electric shock during charging over the life of the product and other potential electrocution hazards.

The Standard does not evaluate for the operator’s ability to maintain control while riding.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is increasingly focused on battery-powered transportation devices. On Feb. 12, 2018, in its status report on high-energy density batteries, UL 2849 is noted as the expected electric system safety standard for e-bikes.

European Support

We support the following standards for e-bikes within the European market:

  • EN 15194
  • Draft ISO 4210-10 for e-bikes to become EN standard in 2020 or 2021
  • EN 50604-1 for light ev batteries and/or EN 62133-2 for portable or auxiliary system batteries
  • 2014/30/EU for EMC
  • 2011/65/EU/ for RoHS
  • 2014/53/EU (RED) – If radio technologies are used in the device
  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC for Product Safety.