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America's Motorcycle Industry Council has rolled out a set of protocols governing the top speed claims of electric bikes, giving even more clarity to potential customers

In a move to help consumers accurately compare offerings in the emerging electric motorcycle market, America's Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has released a document titled The Top Speed Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles, which establishes a series of standards relating to electric bike manufacturers' top speed claims.

Created the the MIC's Electric Vehicle Subcommittee, which is made up of 15 representatives of manufacturers in various stages of developing electric bikes plus other industry figures, the recommendations are based on those adhered to within the European Union, and set standards for a range of variable factors in determining a vehicle's top speed, including atmospheric pressure, wind speed, temperature, vehicle weight, rider weight, rider attire, riding position, the state of the battery's charge and the surface of the road, among others.

According to the President and CEO of the MIC, Tim Buche, the new protocols will ultimately help this emerging segment of the motorcycle industry by allowing prospective buyers to compare offerings with greater clarity.

“Manufacturers have used a variety of means for calculating top speed, presenting a challenge for shoppers interested in what an electric bike can really do,” he said. “Some methods used right now may not give an accurate measurement, even under similar test conditions. The more that electric motorcycle makers adopt this protocol, the more it can help buyers who are taking a good look at this emerging segment,” he added. 

Abe Askenazi, Chair of the MIC's Electric Vehicle Subcommittee and Chief Technology Officer at Zero Motorcycles, emphasised the importance of taking this step at this early stage of the electric bike's development. 

“As more and more electric motorcycles appear on the market, having standards we can all agree on is vital to manufacturers and to our customers,” he said. “The new top speed test procedure is just one of the many standards the subcommittee has already published or is working on,” he added.

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Published : Wednesday, 25 April 2012
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