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.

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