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  1. Currently the option to buy the wheel (right of first refusal) is reserved for the primary stakeholder (JS). I will update here if and when the sale has either been effected or terminated. SOLD!
  2. Learner wheel in good condition, 1st owner, bought new in March 2016, 828Wh battery, 800W motor, white, FW 1.25, standard pedals (not XXL) , approx. 1500 km. 2A charger included. Location Hannover, Germany. Test riders welcome!
  3. Sometimes I hate to be right. Today the German Federal Council voted on the new PLEV directive. It was accepted with its amendments from expert groups. From now on PLEV with handlebars, max 20km/h, special permit and insurance are allowed on German bicycle paths. They explicitly rejected an amendment that would make an exception to EUCs and e-boards. So, until hell freezes over EUCs remain illegal in Germany. Period.
  4. For the German speaking folks links to the position papers and session transcript (from tomorrow on) can be found here:
  5. Indeed, it's the missing handlebar and the second, independently working set of brakes. I forgot to mention that I read all position papers by all speakers of today''s session and none - with the exception of Electric Empire and the FDP party - voted in favor of EUCs but instead explicitly wanted them (i.e. all PLEVs without a proper handlebar) to be strictly prohibited.
  6. Today was another hearing with the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure of the German Bundestag. It was not streamed live but will be made accessible tomorrow. I was not there but other persons involved in the subject attended the meeting and concluded that by the new directive EUCs and e-skateboards (and almost any other type of PLEV) will DEFINITELY be banned from the streets of Germany INDEFINITELY, no exceptions. Well, as I said, times will be tougher for us one wheel enthusiasts in this nation of poets and philosophers ... Oh and, e-scooters by BMW, VW, AUDI, and other German car manufacturers limited to a max velocity of 20 km/h at a price of more than 2000€ a piece will be allowed. Makes sense, doesn't it?!
  7. Black day for EUCs in Germany Last week, the Bundesrat (German Federal Council) put forward an amendment to the recent e-mobility directive of the Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) requesting to drop special regulations that would exempt (and thereby legalize) EUCs in the new directive. This new motion essentially implies that all PLEV vehicles without steering wheel/handlebars won't get insurance and will (continue to) be forbidden on German public grounds since EUCs by default they are considered standard motorized automobile vehicles like your BMW or Mercedes which German legislators' intellectual horizon naturally requires to have a proper steering wheel/handlebar. Otherwise automobile vehicles surely cannot be considered safe (or at least safe enough to kill hundreds of people every year). So, from now on every cop from will just have to look for a handlebar in order to assess a vehicle's legal status in Germany which means that EUCs and e-skateboards will be even more easily identified and hunted down. Here is the relevant passage (in German): "Der Bundesrat stellt fest, dass die 2018 veröffentlichte Untersuchung der Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen zu Elektrokleinstfahrzeugen die Empfehlung enthält, nur Elektrokleinstfahrzeuge mit Haltegriff beziehungsweise Lenker für den öffentlichen Straßenverkehr zuzulassen, um ein Mindestniveau für die Sicherheit herzustellen. Die Überlegungen der Bundesregierung, Elektrokleinstfahrzeuge ohne Lenk- oder Haltestange über eine Ausnahmeverordnung im öffentlichen Straßenraum für mindestens zwei bis drei Jahre zu testen, werden vom Bundesrat daher abgelehnt." This literally spells the end of EUCs in Germany for at least another decade. Yesterday at a small e-mobility fair in Lower Saxony I talked to some bureaucrats about this. The only sense I could make from their statements is that while keeping the public in the dark German politicians so heavily depend on the automobile industry and its jobs that they actively and effectively discourage impede any alternative e-mobility strategies that would only even remotely appear to divert the smallest funds away from the automobile industry. ... and all this with Dieselgate still unfolding - WTF
  8. I hate to be the kill joy at this party, but EUCs are explicitly excluded from this new regulation in Germany (because they lack handlebars, seriously!). There is rumor that in addition to those new rules there will be a temporary two year trial period and exemption for other personal light electronic vehicles (PLEVs) including those without handlebars which then theoretically could also cover EUCs. However, this new regulation requires all PLEVs to be certified by the German Technical Control Board (TÜV) to comply with a long list of specifications, one of them being limited by design (not by an app!) to a max speed of 20 km/h (yes, that's twenty kilometers per hour!). By the way, that limit came out of a governmental study that started in 2016 and was finally released in November 2018, but only using hardware that was available in 2016 (SBU V3 and Solowheel 122Wh for EUCs) and in the end essentially ignoring EUCs altogether since nobody could ride them! Without said TÜV certificate you also won't be eligable to buy vehicle liability insurance which is mandatory in Germany. Since very few EUCs with a max speed *by design* of 20 km/h still exist today and are even less likely to be produced in the future, the vast majority of EUCs won't ever become legal here. So in the end it will be like it is today: EUCs are practically forbidden on German public grounds on pain of serious penalties (while at the same people will be free to crash their rental e-scooters anywhere - but that's another story). And as you'd expect German police lacks much of the Laissez-faire attitude of their French counterparts which means we EUC riders will very likely continue to be hunted und punished like today and throughout all the years; perhaps even more so, just as a result of the newly gained publicity created by this new regulation. What a waste of opportunities, especially in the light of dieselgate. - Very, very sad. I spare you another bunch of bureaucratic and nonsensical peculiarities of these new regulations which would fill more pages than @travsformation 's combined works altogether in this forum (which I actually enjoyed very much, to end on a more reconciliatory note ).
  9. Bilder von der eKF-Demo in Berlin 13.12.2018
  10. Rally for legalizing electric unicycles in Germany, Berlin 13.12.2018
  11. Footage of (parts of) one of my most beautiful rides in 2018!
  12. Merry Christmas ! Hopefully legal in 2019EUC in Germany!
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