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FAQs

Q. What is an electric bike?

A. An electric bike is just like an ordinary bike, except it has an on-board rechargeable battery and motor which assists the rider. Certain requirements must be met in order for a vehicle to be classified as an electric bike. Electric bikes meeting these requirements are known as 'electrically assisted pedal cycles' or EPACs for short.

Q. Do I need a license to ride an electric bike?

A. No. If you're 14 or over you don't need a license to ride an electric bike as long as they meet certain requirements.

Q. Do they need to be taxed or insured?

A. Again, no. Because electric bikes are not classified as a vehicle they do not need to be taxed or insured.

Q. Are electric bikes classified as a vehicle?

A. No. Electric bikes are not classified as motorbikes. The main reason for this is that they can still be peddled by the rider.

Q. Is riding an electric bike any different?

A. Not really. Riding an electric bike is very similar to riding a normal bike. You can pedal the bike as you would normally do, but many electric bikes have additional features such as throttle and pedal assist.

Q. How far I can I ride on a single charge?

A. That depends on the battery. Batteries come in different sizes; the larger the battery the longer you can ride on a single charge. Most bike batteries are advertised with an 'AH' which is short for ampere hour. This figure tells you how long a single charge will last. To make things easy we translate this into a distance, telling you how far you can travel on a single charge. For example, an 8AH battery will last for 20 miles.

Q. Are they expensive to run?

A. Nope. Electric bikes are very cheap to run, especially compared to a cars and motorbikes.

Q. Are there age restrictions?

A. A rider must be 14 years old to ride an electric bike in the UK.

Q. Where can I ride an electric bike?

A. If a bike meets the EPAC requirements its classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed.

Q. What are the EPAC requirements?

A. EPAC requirements are set forth by the UK government. A bike meeting these requirements is not classified as a vehicle and therefore does not require a license, doesn't need to be taxed or insured and can be ridden anywhere a normal pedal bike can.