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The sale of batteries is an important revenue model for bicycle manufacturers.

At electric bicycles, only a battery of the own brand can be used, that is product tying and should be prohibited. If the same existed for cars, the battery could not be replaced by any other battery, which is of course very undesirable. An electric bicycle contains authentication, for instance with SHA-256, that blocks the motor when another battery is detected, while in principle every battery is usable, just like with a car. 

Forbidden product tying with e-bike batteries
Forbidden product tying with e-bike batteries

Cyclists are now forced to buy a battery of the same brand as the bike for replacement, they have no choice. But these batteries are far too expensive and, moreover, usually of very poor quality. While the battery of an electric car has a lifespan of more than 8 years, a bicycle battery barely lasts 2 years. The sale of own brand batteries is an important revenue model for electric bicycle manufacturers. I think this is not allowed according the European Union competition law.

Therefore, I want to bring about that these tying will be get prohibited. Note that the EU has banned similar practices of Windows and Google.

More and more people are buying ebikes, but the poor quality of the batteries is a major frustration for them. Better and cheaper batteries will be available in a free market of e-bike batteries.

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