Skip to comments.When does an e-bike become a motorcycle? (EU regulations)
Posted on 11/21/2012 9:20:53 AM PST by Olog-hai
The European Parliament has voted to separate regulation on motorized and non-motorized bicycles, a move two-wheeler associations say will safeguard investment in cycling.
In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts (0.335 hp) and a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph) would remain a bicycle.
Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commissions original proposal.
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This could create a cottage industry for “hot-rodding” electric bicycles. I could see myself juicing up such a bike for a blistering top speed of 20mph!
Electric Motorcycle Hits World Record Speed for Electric Vehicles at Over 200 MPH
lack of range and greedy gumbint not geting some gas taxes are the main issues.
I’ve seen electric motorcycles race as a support series for AMA. None of them carry enough juice to run for more than thirty minutes (good for eleven laps at Sears Point), and they just don’t thrill me. For a lot of them, you don’t hear much in the way of sound unless the rider scrapes one of his knee pucks.
Needless to say, a 1000cc internal combustion engine wound up to 14k sounds much racier. :)
I don’t know but my 1850 watt scooter is moped class.
I know a guy who souped up a Puch moped. It was pretty impresive.
Check the MissionR. 14.7 Kwh battery pack, 0-60 3.0 seconds or less.
There is already a cottage industry hot rodding electric bikes. I have 3 such bikes and really enjoy the tinkering and riding them. 20-25 mph on a bike is plenty fast and above that it is pretty scary for most folks. Check out http://endless-sphere.com/forums/ , just be warned though, keep your politics here on FR.