What are the laws surrounding electric bikes in the UK? Do I need a license to ride an electric bike? What’s the speed limit for electric bikes?
Read our short article to find out the answers...
An electric bike or EAPC (Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle) is a normal bike with a battery and a motor which propels you up hills. Sounds brilliant, yes? Well they are, but you need to know a little more than that to make sure you are riding within UK regulations. But don’t worry, below is everything you need to know to join the hundreds of thousands of people who have already purchased an e-bike.
UK Electric Bike Law
UK legislation was synchronised with EU law EN15194 in April 2015 which has clearly defined what is an electric bike. There have been no changes yet since Brexit. To be an electric bike, they must meet the following criteria:
- The bike has pedals that propel it
- The motor will not assist you past 25 km/h (15.5mph)
- The power does not exceed 250 watts
Where can I ride an electric bike?
Cycles that meet the above 3 criteria, can be ridden on cycle paths and anywhere else that bikes are normally allowed.
In the UK there is no requirement for you to have a license or pay vehicle tax to ride an electric bike. However, you must be over the age of 14.
There are off-road electric bikes available that do not meet the above criteria. Maybe they have the ability to assist you above 25 km/h or they have a motor which exceeds 250W. In these cases, the bikes are not compliant with EAPC regulations for on-road use.
Browse our range of electric bikes HERE.
Which bikes will suit off-roading?
If you intend to use your electric bike mainly off-road, you can look at all motor sizes. You are not restricted to a 250W motor or a speed limit of 25 km/h. We have the following bikes which we would recommend for off-road use.
If you ever wondered whether or not you can de-restrict your electric bike to go faster than the usual 25km/h speed limit and use it off-road, oh boy you’re in for a treat!
The ever so popular Stealth now comes in a new power boosted version allowing you cruise at 50km/h given its 48V 1000W system.
The Panther V4 from E movement is a great example of a professionally engineered, high quality electric personal vehicle.
The bike comes in 2 variants to suit your needs. A 250W motor, purely to cater for UK roads and 500W powerful motor for off road riding. E Movement have provided the 250W motor option without a throttle so that it is completely road legal in the UK and can be used anywhere where you can ride a push bike! The 500W version is for people that want more power and the option to use a throttle as well!
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