How will the push for UL certification of e-bikes affect adaptive cycling?


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Arlington, Virginia
I am concerned in light of recent reports of the insurance industry starting to issue bike shops that work on non-UL certified ebikes with punitive renewal premiums, and confirmation there are no DIY motor kits that can be UL 2849 certified. The ADA thread established e-bikes can be considered an "other power driven mobility device" (OPDMD).

What does the short-term future for adaptive e-bikes look like after UL-certification regulations are passed? No home conversions? Given the reported $25,000 cost of UL 2849 certification of each model, would an unintended consequence of UL-certification regulation oblige smaller brands like Hase, Worksman, Bike Friday, etc. to crowd-fund the costs of converting models in their regular lineup or leave the US market?
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