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After the Wave Parade Event we were all knocked out and had to do some business / private stuff. This time we’ll do a 2 week retrospect.
On this weekend we’ve a meeting of the swiss chapter of eWheels.org. It’s a drive and chill weekend on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll get some Firewheels F779 for this event from the swiss Firewheel distributor for a testdrive. As well some Gotway MCM 680 Wh and MSuper 850 Wh will join. As we’ve so powerfull eWheels we’ll do long run tours. After the tours we’ll have barbecue in a relaxed environment. This will be an amazing weekend. There’ll be also 2 members from the german community joining us.
We had some small thing happening for the swiss homologation:
1. Paper stuff:
We received CE papers from Firewheel in China.
Currently we finish a Qualitymanagementbook.
Next step: workflows, testcases and protocols
2. Lab stuff:
We had some work done on current meassuring to see how much current is running under different conditions. We’ll be able to tap in to analyze the current running on different test cases.
This work will also be used for other countries.
More and more wheelers discover the huge potential of eWheels in the daily use as commuters or the extend of trains and cars. It's really a useful addition for the last mile and is in the consens of goverment, which really wants to push forward with electric vehicles. Angela Merkel stated that she still believes in the plan that we can have more than one million electric cars in 2020, but why don't we promote all electric vehicles in Germany than? People need to discover the ease of use of electric vehicles and eWheels are a very good start, because they are cheap and lightweight. Once they got inspired the interest growth and many of us are thinking about electric cars as well now.
Unfortunately, the situation in German is still difficult. It's still not allowed to drive on public roads (sidewalks, bicycle lanes) and there is no matching paragraph for the homologation. You will need an additional insurance as well, but it's not that easy since the most insurance companies refer to the StVO §1, which defines the regulated vehicles and electric unicycles are still not covered. To prevent seizing of your wheels, please don't drive in areas of the StVO in Germany, we are working on a proposal for the regulations and will keep you up to date about the progress! We made already very good progress in Switzerland and are sure to find a way to let the electric innovation take place in Germany as well! This is something which can't ignore.
Background in Germany: As the countries in Europe work on harmonization of regulations most countries started to transform national regulations to harmonized regulations. German government started to transform chapters of the old “Strassenverkehrszulassungsordnung StVZO” to the new “Fahrzeugzulassungsverordnung FZV”. Inside FZV the “Mobilitaetshilfeverordnung MobHV” defines the regulations for the class of the self-balanced personal transportation vehicles with two wheels. We need to be placed to get our homologation problem fixed by this year. We started to make up a draft how it can look like. We need to get in touch with German government now.
There were discussion and first impressions of higher power battery packs for existing eWheels. This looks very promising. Replacement kits are available for a lot of models from IPS, Airwheel, Ninebot and so on. The kits are ready to build in and comes pre configured as battery packs with the right connectors. They include new higher capacity battery cells and new battery management systems (BMS).
After having the shift from Gen 1 (the first eWheels like Solowheel, Airwheel, IPS) to Gen 2 (Bluetooth, customizable settings) we now see a new generation or class: Powerfull motors, big batteries, ready for heavy slopes and long runs. The first company entered this was Firewheel (with the F779 with around 680 Wh), followed by Gotway (680 Wh/ 850 Wh) and other newcomer joining the market.