E-bike Fact sheet for UK & EU Customers

 

After the meteoric rise in the popularity of e-bikes, the UK and EU enacted new legislation to limit the power and features an e-bike can possess to keep them safe. However, with the EU being comprised of so many countries, regulations can be confusing to those eager to buy an e-bike while staying on the right side of the law.

In this guide, we’ll clear the air on e-bike regulation and tell you why using an e-bike is the best option for your daily commute.

E-bike Law 

The UK passed a law back in 1982 called the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle regulations (or EAPC for short). This law set the standard for legal e-bike sales in the UK up until 2015 when the country decided to mirror the EU e-bike standard known as EN15194.

According to EU regulation EN15194, an e-bike (or pedelec) is defined by having pedals to move the bike and a motor to assist with pedaling up to a maximum speed of 15.5 mph (or 25.5 km/h). After this limit, the motor will automatically cut-off and stop assisting to reduce speed.

Of course, you can still go as fast as your legs can move; however, the motor won’t help you after the cut-off.

EN15194 also banned full-throttles (also known as twist-and-go throttle) from e-bikes. This throttle is a switch that allows the motor to propel the bike without any pedaling involved. The law only allows a full-throttle (without pedaling) of up to 3.7 mph (6 km/h) for a starting-assist, but after that, you’ll need to start turning the pedals to activate the motor.

As mentioned, the UK EAPC law follows the EU EN15194 law almost precisely, but there are a few differences. In the UK, e-bikes can’t be ridden by anyone younger than 14 years old. Also, since full-throttle (or twist-and-go) was ubiquitous before the 2015 law, any bike with a full-throttle made before 2016 is still legal.

As long as an e-bike remains within these guidelines, they won’t need any license, registration, or vehicle tax requirement. 

 

 

UK

EU

Motor

Maximum 250W

Maximum 250W

Age Requirement

14 years old

No age limit

Electric Motor Assistance Top Speed

15.5 mph (25.5 km/h)

15.5 mph (25.5 km/h)

Throttle Top Speed (Without Pedaling)

3.7 mph (6 km/h) Except those made before January 1st, 2016

 

3.7 mph (6 km/h)

 

 

 

 

Table 1. E-bike law, UK & EU

 

Electric City Bicycle Benefits

There are countless benefits to riding an e-bike. For starters, riding one makes your commute a breeze as you glide along the roads and easily surmount hills. With the extra assistance given by the motor, you’ll never arrive at work exhausted or desperately in need of a shower (a major benefit, in our humble opinion).

Additionally, you’ll be doing your part for the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For example, an electric city bike produces 100 times less CO2 emissions than a standard vehicle. Not only that, but a commute on an electric city bike is usually shorter since bike paths tend to take a more direct route. You’ll also easily avoid traffic, thus reducing your stress levels during what is sure to be a pleasant commute.

Studies show that people ride e-bikes more often than conventional bikes, leading to increased fitness even though they’re technically easier to ride. Finally, riding an electric city bike keeps money in your wallet since you avoid paying for both petrol and bus or metro tickets.

With the e-bike technology at an all-time high, right now is the best time to get into the wonderful world of electric bicycle riding. E-bike law is clear and straightforward — and so are the benefits of riding them on your next commute.