Eurobike 2016 proved that E-Bikes are not a passing fad, they’re here to stay and are going to be more difficult to spot in the future. The increased presence of E-bikes at Eurobike, and on your local trails, has caused a few heated debates in the forums (and down the local pub), which we have been following with interest.
A quick search of the forums will bring up plenty of E-Bike discussions, many of which boil down to the fact that we don’t want to see powerful electric bikes rooster tailing up trails and shredding up perfectly good singletrack. But is this really what an E-bike is?
An E-bike is not an Electric Motorcycle
According to the DVLA an E-Bike is one that meets the EAPC requirements. Those requirements being that;
- the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
- the electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph i.e the assist stops
- the motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts
Looking at those requirements it’s clear that what many people see as an E-bike isn’t an E-bike at all. Those images of motorised mayhem on the trails simply aren’t possible on a E-bike. So is it we’re actually worried about Electric Motorcycles?
The DVLA defines an Electric Motorcycle as one not meeting the EAPC requirements stated above. So if a bike has an electric motor, but uses a throttle to accelerate then it’s not an E-bike. If it has no pedals to propel it, it’s not an E-bike, and if it has an output for more than 250 watts it’s not an E-bike.
E-bikes must meet every EAPC point otherwise they must be registered, taxed and you will be required to have a driving licence to ride one! Oh, and it’s highly likely it will also need ‘type approval’. A very lengthy and potentially expensive process, that neither we nor manufacturers want to go through.
So if you’ve been hating on E-bikes under the impression that an Electric Motorbike is an E-bike you can now stop. However If you were hating on them for other reasons, be our guest to carry on the forums are just a click away.