Proposed Regs Would Put the Brakes on Electric Bikes in China

Proposal would lump e-bikes above 20km/hr in same category as motorbikes, adding to their expense for poorer Chinese workers.

Published: 01-Dec-2009

Beijing electric bicycle users are angry at a proposal speculated to take effect next month which might put the brakes on the economical vehicle citywide.

A national motorbike association has filed a proposal to the State Standardization Administration to regulate the country's 120 million electric-powered bicycles from Jan 1, officials at a motorbike industry seminar in Beijing said on Sunday.

Beijing has 700,000 electric bicycles. Many residents say they use them as an economical alternative to cars and public transport.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Columbia ParCar Mega electric truck being considered by U.S. Army for use on bases.

The Army plans to order the street-legal NEVs from E-Z-Go, Native American Biofuels International and other electric-car makers.

Wrightspeed X1 will be shelved in favor of designing electric car drive components.

Facing technical challenges and a weak market, Silicon Valley's electric-car startups shift gears.


blog comments powered by Disqus