Electric Bicycle FAQs
What are Electric Bicycles?
Electric Bicycles, or e-bikes for short, are simply traditional bicycles that have been fitted with a battery and motor that offer the rider a level of electrical powered assistance.
How fast will an electric bicycle go?
The law states that, in the UK, the motor of an electric bicycle may only assist up to 15.5mph, although you can pedal faster than this if you wish to, just like a normal bicycle.
Do I need insurance or tax to ride one?
No! Electric bicycles do not require tax, insurance or an MOT. They can still be ridden on cycle paths and towpaths just like a traditional bicycle.
Is there an age limit to riding an electric bicycle?
Anyone who is over the age of 14 can legally ride an electric bicycle.
How many miles can I cover?
Referring to assisted miles; it depends on a few conditions, which are:
• The chosen assistance level (which can be selected on the bicycle)
• How much effort the rider puts in
• The weight of the rider
• The capacity of the battery (which is measured in Amp Hours [Ah])
• How ‘hilly’ it is where you are planning to ride
Taking all of the above into consideration, the average distance an e-bike can cover is around 40 miles. However, with a larger capacity battery it’s possible to cover 100 miles or more!