ABSTRACT: In order to close the legal gap and protect drivers and pedestrians, the German Federal Motor Transport Agency KBA plans to develop and implement a special regulation on small electric vehicles (eKFV) in 2019. eKFV integrates the provisions of MobHV, adds provisions on electric balance vehicles, and will replace MobHV when it is officially implemented. eKFV integrates the provisions of MobHV, adds provisions on electric balance vehicles, and will replace MobHV when it is officially implemented.
More and more people in Europe are choosing electric counterbalance vehicles (electric scooters) as a means of transportation for short distances. The German Road Traffic Act (StVG) stipulates that all motor vehicles used on the road must be type approved, however, there are currently no specific technical regulations applicable to electric counterbalance vehicles in Germany. MobHV) none of these involve seatless electric balance bikes. Therefore, legally speaking, in Germany electric counterbalance bikes cannot be used on roads at the moment and can only be used in non-public areas (e.g. industrial parks, tourist attractions).
ELECTRIC SCOOTERS ABE CERTIFICATION
In order to make up for the legal gap and protect the safety of drivers and pedestrians, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority KBA plans to develop and implement a special electric vehicle regulation (eKFV) in 2019. eKFV incorporates the terms of the MobHV, adds provisions for electric scooters, and will replace MobHV after formal implementation. eKFV has detailed regulations for electric scooters, including technical requirements, certification requirements, compulsory insurance, vehicle registration and driver qualifications. The technical requirements relate to the power, speed, weight, brakes, handrails, lights and other parameters and components of electric scooters.
eKFV has not yet been officially released and implemented. It is only published in draft form for discussion and revision. Many interest groups have submitted their opinions. The draft has been revised and finalized at the end of February 2019. Once the eKFV is officially released and implemented, the personnel who use the electric scooters without ABE certification on the road will face a fine of 70 euros. The manufacturer of electric scooters must ensure that the electric scooters sold to Germany passes the type approval and obtains the ABE certificate. Ensure that consumers can register and use the vehicle normally.
ATIC provides ABE certification services based on StVZO regulations. The ABE certification process includes technical data preparation, factory audits, and product testing. According to the requirements of the German Ministry of Transport, if the manufacturer's factory is not in Germany, the German company must be certified as a legal representative. ATIC has an independent German company that can provide legal representation services for Chinese factories. The certification is rigorous and the factory audit is carried out by ATIC engineers accompanied by German Ministry of Transport officials. A production consistency review will be carried out from time to time, accompanied by ATIC engineers.
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