EU regulations and SNAP
The best vehicle for traveling while respecting ecological rules and the environment in all its forms is certainly the bicycle, even when the use of the car seems an obligatory choice due to steeper or impracticable routes with other means. To reconcile the different objectives are electric bikes, pedelecs, which can travel at a maximum speed of 25 km/h. We also remind you that e-bikes, “pedal assisted bicycles” or EPAC (Electric Pedal Assisted Cycle) or even Pedelecs, are defined by the 2002/24 EC directive as vehicles “equipped with an electric auxiliary motor with maximum continuous rated power of 0.25 kW whose power supply is progressively reduced and finally interrupted when the vehicle reaches 25 km/h or earlier if the cyclist stops pedaling “.
Typically cycles are tested to EN4210 and electric assisted cycles are tested to EN15194. The EN15194 is principally the EN4210 with added bits to cover the electrical assisted parts. EN15194 and EN4210 both test bikes to insure they’re robustly made, and made within certain design parameters, which are applicable for a traditional ebike.
We can’t test our product to EN15194 because our product isn’t a conventional bike (two wheeled), and no standard exists for a 4 wheeled EPAC similar to our, so we had to customize the standard EN15194 to fit a vehicle like the SNAP. We also are testing with our EN15194 equivalent standard our vehicles by an independent testing house; this involves completing fatigue and endurance tests to ensure that the vehicle will not break over time, so that our vehicles are surely within parameters of the EN15194 standard. No mandatory insurance is required, but is suggested considering that is a small car.
For the SNAP 1kW version the regulation applicable is the L1e-A of the speed pedelec, also in this case the maximum speed is limited to 25km/h; a mandatory insurance is required to use the vehicles.
For the SNAP 4kW version the regulation applicable is the L6e for light quadricycles a mandatory insurance is required to use the vehicles.