ElektroG: According to Stiftung EAR, electric scooters are still electronic devices and must comply with the ElektroG

As of 15th June 2019, it is legal to ride electric scooters without a seat on German roads. Depending on their top speed, they are subject to the Elektrokleinstfahrzeuge-Verordnung (eKFV), an act regulating electric microvehicles that has just come into force.

However, the manufacturers of electric scooters also need to comply with other laws. Thus according to Stiftung EAR, electric scooters continue to be governed by the law on waste electrical and electrical and electronic equipment (ElektroG) and need to be registered with Stiftung EAR before they can go on sale.

It makes no difference whether or not the two-wheeled electric scooters fall within the scope of the eKFV (depending on their speed of 6 to 20 km/h). As Stiftung EAR points out, the electric scooters are always a type of electrical equipment and therefore have to be registered. In most cases, they are assigned to Category 4 as “large appliances.”

When delivering their regular reports to Stiftung EAR, manufacturers of electric scooters should remember that the weight of the rechargeable batteries needs to be subtracted from the overall weight of the scooter.

Detailed information on the legal regulations, on registering and disposing of electric scooters can be found on the website of Stiftung EAR.


WEEE Directive: Obligation to register electric scooters in other European countries

In most other EU countries too, electronic scooters continue to be subject to the respective national laws and have to be registered.

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