Here’s another new EU standard the UK government will have to replicate when they decide to leave the warm bosom of Europe.
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation has published the European standard EN 50604-1:2016, which defines a unified, Europe-wide safety standard for lithium-ion batteries used in e-bikes and Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs).
This new regulation improves the safety of electric bikes, as well as providing a robust legal framework. Batteries are protected against overcharging, deep discharging, short circuits, extreme temperatures and vibrations. The charger and battery pack must match, and chargers must only be able to charge the batteries for which they are designed. So chargers and batteries which belong together must be able to identify each other unambiguously.
Stephan Scheuer, Chairman of the Battery Safety Organization, BATSO, said, ‘The new EN 50604-1 standard sets the benchmark.’
EN 50604-1 describes the general safety requirements and test methods for e-bike batteries. It’s a 44 page document that costs € 73.40 and can be ordered at EN centres based in all EU member states.