SAE International Publishes Industry’s First Standard for Classification and Definition of Powered Micromobility Vehicles

SAE J3194 Standard Further Supports Organization’s Expanding View of Mobility

WARRENDALE, Pa. (November 21, 2019) – SAE International today announced it is publishing its latest standard, J3194™ Taxonomy & Classification of Powered Micromobility Vehicles. Aligned with SAE’s commitment to advance mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity, this first-of-its-kind standard provides much needed clarity and organization around the nomenclature of powered micromobility vehicles.
“From powered standing scooters to electric bicycles, micromobility is rapidly weaving into the urban mobility fabric,” said Annie Chang, Head of New Mobility, SAE International. “The SAE J3194 standard lays the groundwork for effective communication around micromobility for cities, operators and manufacturers alike.”
The SAE J3194 standard provides a criteria for “powered micromobility vehicles” and a classification system that defines six types of powered micromobility vehicles by physical attributes—including powered bicycles, standing and seated scooters, self-balancing and non-self-balancing boards, and skates—with descriptors for curb weight, vehicle width, top speed and power source.
Added Ms. Chang: "This standard will evolve to remain in line with the rapidly changing industry. We appreciate the opportunity to have convened the best from the growing micromobility community for this effort and look forward to our continued collaboration.”
The publication of the SAE J3194 standard by the Powered Micromobility Vehicles Committee further supports SAE’s expanding view of mobility to include all facets of new mobility. The organization convenes new mobility communities through a series of events, presentations, technical papers and consortium activities. More information is available at
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