On July 26, TÜV Rheinland Group (TÜV Rheinland) delivered the German certificate according to small electric vehicles directive (eKFV) to Segway-Ninebot, a Xiaomi Ecosystem smart travel product company, for its two vehicle types of electric scooter. This certification according to small electric vehicles directive (eKFV) is the first of its kind in China, led by a domestic enterprise with the whole vehicle testing conducted and the application submitted locally. It is indicated that TÜV Rheinland has minimized the difficulties for electric scooter manufacturers to complete such certification in China. Dennis Hardholt, President of Segway-Ninebot EMEA, and Holger Hütz, Vice President of TÜV Rheinland Engineering & Type Approval attended the awarding ceremony at TÜV Rheinland Headquarters in Cologne.
Over the past two years, small and stylish electric scooters have gradually become popular travel tools among young people. In 2018, the concept of electric scooter sharing emerged and developed rapidly in Europe and the U.S., driving the rapid growth in the demand for electric scooters. Segway-Ninebot is currently one of the largest electric scooter manufacturers in the world and is a major supplier for electric scooter sharing in the U.S., establishing a strong presence in the market. Passing the certification according to small electric vehicles directive (eKFV) means that Segway-Ninebot electric scooters have been granted a “pass” to the German market. And as one of the first group of certified companies, Segway-Ninebot will be able to consolidate its leading position in the global smart travel field.
In June this year, the German authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) approved electric scooters and self-balance vehicles for use on the road, but the products must comply with eKFV regulations. These regulations have been recently introduced by Germany to specifically govern small electric vehicles, integrating the provisions of MobHV and adding the requirements for electric scooters and self-balance vehicles, including requirements on technology, certification, compulsory insurance, and driver age. As one of the major Technical Services designated by KBA, TÜV Rheinland is also the leading EU Technical Service company in China. It has supported Chinese automobile, motorcycle and parts enterprises successfully apply for tens of thousands of EU certificates. TÜV Rheinland is designated to homologate in accordance with eKFV regulations and can provide customers with localized one-stop services that cover key parts from consulting and test planning in the preliminary stage, to the introduction of document template, sample list and regulatory requirements, and to factory inspections, type approval test and application. It will assist enterprises at every step in applying for the certificate according to small electric vehicles directive (eKFV). TÜV Rheinland can also provide smart travel product manufacturers with a numerous other professional services including American standards UL 2272 and UL 2271 certification, Singapore LTA registration, EU CE certification, prEN 17128 testing and so on.
In future, TÜV Rheinland will further cooperate with Ninebot Technology Co., Ltd. to carry out worldwide on EU CE certification, prEN 17128 testing, and US UL certification. As the world’s leading third-party testing, inspection and certification organization, TÜV Rheinland has been dedicated to the automotive industry for more than 100 years. Thanks to its global service network, professional teams and technical advantages, TÜV Rheinland will continue to support customers keep abreast of the latest, most comprehensive and most authoritative market information and regulatory trends, and provide convenient and efficient one-stop solutions to ensure customers remain competitive in the changing market.