What is UL 2849?

Investigating potential harmful hazards is a fundamental part of building consumer trust and protecting brand reputation. With that said, new strategies and protective circuitry will be required for safe operation as e-bike technology evolves.

In order to help confirm the safety of e-bikes and electrically power-assisted cycles (EPACs), we involved industry leaders in the development of next-generation e-bike safety requirements for UL 2849, the Standard for Electric Bicycles, and Electrically Power Assisted Cycles (EPACs). This Standard offers electrical and fire safety certification by examining the electrical drive train system, battery system, and charger system combinations.

UL 2849 covers:

  • E-bikes (typically sit-to-operate and over-the-road use) and pedelec (pedal-assisted electric) cycles.

  • The risk of electric shock during charging over the life of the product and other potential electrocution hazards.

The Standard does not evaluate for the operator’s ability to maintain control while riding.

Benefits of e-bike certification

Making sure that your products are in compliance to the appropriate standards can be challenging. Fortunately, we’re here to simplify the process for you. UL contributed to UL 2849, the standard developed by Underwriters Laboratories, and is familiar with the technical requirements for testing and certification. 

Updated on August 17, 2022

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