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EN 15194:2017 Testing for E-Bikes for Selling in Europe Explained

EN 15194:2017 is the European standard that sets out the requirements for electrically power-assisted cycles, commonly known as e-bikes. This standard outlines specific safety and performance criteria that e-bikes must meet to ensure their compliance with European regulations. Here are the key requirements specified by EN 15194:2017 for designing and selling e-bikes in Europe:

Electric Power Assistance:

  • The electric motor must provide assistance only when the rider pedals.

  • The assistance must cease when the speed reaches 25 km/h or when the rider stops pedaling.

  • The motor power should not exceed 250 watts.

  • The e-bike should not be capable of reaching a speed higher than 25 km/h under electric power alone.

  • If the motor power exceeds 250 watts, it must be limited to 500 watts, but only for short periods (e.g., during acceleration).

Electric Components:

Braking System:

Lighting and Reflectors:

Frame and Fork:

User Manual:

Markings and Labeling:

EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility):

Mechanical Strength and Stability:


It is important to note that compliance with EN 15194:2017 is not a legal requirement in all European countries. However, it serves as a widely recognized standard that ensures the safety and performance of e-bikes in the European market. To ensure compliance, it is advisable to consult with regulatory bodies, testing laboratories, or certification organizations that can provide guidance and conduct the necessary tests to verify conformity with EN 15194:2017.

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