Ecodesign status: Final regulation

Labelling status: Coming products

640/2009 and 4/2014: Electric motors

Last updated: 29 January 2014

Final regulation for electric motors entered into force 12 August 2009. An amended regulation entered into force in January 2014. The amendment clarifies exceptions to the scope in article 1, to avoid loopholes in the application.

The regulationl covers motors of power range 0,75 to 375 kW.

Electric motor systems include a number of energy-using products, e.g. motors, drives, pumps or fans. Motors and variable speed drives are an important part of these products, which is why this regulation requires certain types of motors to be equipped with variable speed drives.Some of the minimum energy efficiency requirements are:

  • From 2015: Motors with a rated output of 7,5-375 kW shall reach the IE3 efficiency level, or IE2 if the motor is combined with a variable speed drive.
  • From 2017: Motors with a rated output of 0,75-375 kW shall reach the IE3 efficiency level, or IE2 if the motor is combined with a variable speed drive.

When the performance requirements for motors reach their full impact (by 2020), including the application of variable speed drives in variable load applications, they are estimated to save 135 TWh per year within the EU.

Date Process Key documents
2014-01 Amendment published in the OJ

Regulation 4/2014, amending ecodesign regulation 640/2009 (pdf)

2013-07 Amendment adopted

Proposed amendment (pdf)

2009-08 Entry into force

OJ L 191, 23.7.2009 (pdf)

2008-02 Study completed


Final report motors (pdf)

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Archived documents (zip)