[Ovmsdev] EMC / CE certificate + Fasttech SimpleConsole?

Kevin Sharpe kevin.sharpe at zerocarbonworld.org
Mon Feb 17 21:16:52 HKT 2014

I¹m interested in the possibility of combining OVMS, GEVCU, and other
hardware to build enough volume to warrant CE certification. You can
sidestep the CE certification while it¹s a Œhobby¹ product but eventually
you must commercialise it in order to sell legally in the EU.

If anyone is interested in working on this project then drop me an email;

kevin.sharpe at zerocarbonworld.org

Kevin Sharpe | Founder & Patron | Zero Carbon World is a UK Registered
Charity #1141347

On 17/02/2014 12:19, "Mark Webb-Johnson" <mark at webb-johnson.net> wrote:

>Regarding EMC CE: We¹ve spent a lot of time ensuring we follow the
>standards as close as possible, and use individual certified modules, but
>bottom line is that currently the unit is a hobbyist kit and doesn¹t have
>CE certificate. For individual hobbyist use that is fine, but it does
>mean it can¹t be re-sold as a complete end-user unit within the EU.
>Because of the active transmitter module (GMS modem) in the unit, getting
>formal CE certificate would be extremely expensive and just not possible
>at the quantities we are currently talking about. We have been working
>with the China guys to see if there is a way around this, and there might
>be one way which is to use plug-in modules for the active units. Those
>modules are already CE certified, so then we would only need to certify
>the non-transmitting base module. As an aside, we are most likely going
>to have to go down that path anyway, as 2G is getting old and the 3G
>standards mean we are going to have to use different modules for
>different countries. At least that is how it has been explained to me.
>Regarding the SimpleConsole, I think it really comes down to quantity. It
>is very easy to make, but we would need to commit to at least 100 units
>for a production run.
>Regards, Mark.
>On 17 Feb, 2014, at 7:56 pm, Michael Balzer <dexter at expeedo.de> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> the SimpleConsole stirrs up a lot of new requests and interest over
>> Most german users though would like to buy a pre-configured
>>ready-to-use OVMS package for the Twizy (I suppose it's similar for
>>other vehicles and countries).
>> Unfortunately reselling the OVMS is not legal in the EU, because the
>>hardware lacks the CE / EMC (electromagnetic conformity) certificate.
>> I am happy with the OVMS staying an explicit hobbyist project, but a CE
>>/ EMC certificate would at least make it possible to sell an OVMS
>>package if the user explicitly accepts that there are no warranties.
>> Is there any chance this could happen? A german hardware developer took
>>the OVMS (V2) to his EMC laboratory, with (his words) disastreous
>>results -- he literally blasted the PIC with some required EM pulse
>> Also, a professional SimpleConsole build from Fasttech would be really
>>cool and helpful. What is required for this?
>> Regards,
>> Michael
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