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Forums > Living in Kunming > 48V E-Bike - everything above considered illegal!

@Alexez: The last three lines were just my imagination, the rest was true. ;)

Big Brother aka Gov
Big Ones aka Bikes over 48V

@Xiefei: You could be right (i hope so!), but you also could be wrong. China is improving quickly, there's a fifty-fifty chance. But Kunming is still on another page. :)

Forums > Living in Kunming > 48V E-Bike - everything above considered illegal!

@Xiefei & HFCampo: Thanks for the links! One very interesting point i found in the one for Kunming:


"...and inform the consumer that the e-bike they're going to sell is included in the catalog of Kunming City electric bicycle products."


"At the same time required to prohibit the sale of electric bicycles whom do not meet the national standard."

Soooo, how is that enforced recently?

Colleague bought a new bike just yesterday, because his was stolen the night before. I told him my story, he nodded accompanied by a "没事" and went off to buy the new 80V scooter.

Of course the merchant told him, that he just can sell the 48V mini-princess-version, which also is very cheap.
The big ones have to be scrapped within a month, without compensation from big brother.

That's why i totally agree with HFCAMPO in the last point he made!

Forums > Living in Kunming > 48V E-Bike - everything above considered illegal!

@lemon lover: I agree with you about the safety question, there should be some traffic-education before you can ride. But traffic-education is nearly non-existence here, should be start in school! That a 72V scooter is faster than a 48V is completely bollocks. For example, a 48V one with a 500-700W machinery and let's say 45-50Ah instead of the standard 20Ah will go much faster and might even go further than a 72V 20Ah with 350W machinery. If you so worried about lethal e-shocks, i think China might not be the right place for you. ;)

Forums > Living in Kunming > 48V E-Bike - everything above considered illegal!

@Alexez: I wouldn't worry too much. It's not a daily appearance that they fine for this... they probably needed some money. ;) My chinese colleague said, maybe they were fake-cops... but almost 20 guys on each side of the intersection with police-cars? C'mon! Colleague is riding a 80V bike, showed me his bike card (including the small plate on the bike) which means it got registrated with the Public vehicle and transportation guys which means it's legal to ride it. My old e-scooter bought in 2009 i got also registrated with plate (80V with a big sticker in front stating exactly that!) under my normal name. However, with the new bike they refused to issue the plate, but not because it's illegal... they just couldn't get their computersystem to swallow non-chinese characters. :)
In 2011 or 2012 i guess, there was big news that all e-bikes have to be registrated or else you couldn't drive. That news made the registration places nearly collapse with loads of people lining up in front waiting for the plate. So, not long after that they scratched the idea and since then you can carry your receipt for the bike and it should be fine.
If they really would ban all the bikes above 48V today, it will produce some big kind of public uproar i guess.


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Chinese New Year we will visit my parents-in-law on the countryside like every year. Let's check what did improve there over a year...in comparision to Kunming or even smaller towns. Maybe they got some new meters of asphalt or some bricks to repair their houses. They're still years behind and no big changes in sight. Still the people there don't complain!


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