VIC­TO­RIA

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How fast do elec­tric bikes go? The speed of an elec­tric bike will vary based upon sev­eral fac­tors. Elec­tric bikes in Aus­tralia are lim­ited to 25 km/h un­der as­sis­tance. Most elec­tric bikes are rated up to 25 km/h by the man­u­fac­turer, but the ac­tual speed will vary de­pend­ing on rider weight, ter­rain and road con­di­tions. Smaller rid­ers are likely to achieve higher top speeds than larger ones, and you’re likely to go faster on flat ter­rain than up­hill.

How far can I go on a sin­gle charge? The range of elec­tric bikes can vary, but most rid­ers are able achieve 50-70 kilo­me­tres per charge on the av­er­age e-bike model. One of the main fac­tors in de­ter­min­ing how far you can travel on a sin­gle charge is how much as­sis­tance you pro­vide. Rated by amp hours (AH), the typ­i­cal e-bike bat­tery has a ca­pac­ity of 10-12AH. An­other fac­tor that can have a big im­pact is ter­rain. If you live in a hilly area or have lots of steep in­clines - ex­pect less range from your e-bike. Larger rid­ers or peo­ple car­ry­ing heavy loads can also ex­pect re­duced out­put. Be­cause weight is a fac­tor, this also means higher qual­ity Nimh or Li-ion bat­ter­ies are ca­pa­ble of slightly longer ranges due to their re­duced weight. Other fac­tors in­clude: wind and road con­di­tions. Bat­tery charge times will vary be­tween man­u­fac­tur­ers, mod­els and bat­tery types. Typ­i­cally, the ini­tial charge will take 4-5 hours. For rou­tine charg­ing, higher qual­ity bat­ter­ies (such as Li-ion and NIMH) will take less time - any­where from 3-4 hours..

How long will the bat­tery last? Bat­tery life will vary de­pend­ing on the type of bat­tery you choose and how well you main­tain it.

Are elec­tric bikes safe to op­er­ate? Elec­tric bikes are very safe! In­tel­li­gent func­tions are in­cor­po­rated into ev­ery bike we sell and vary be­tween man­u­fac­tur­ers. Most in­clude au­to­matic power cut-off fea­tures, and all bikes use stan­dard elec­tri­cal safety com­po­nents such as cir­cuit break­ers and fuses to pro­tect rid­ers.

Ebikes are known as Pedalecs. A Pedalec is a type of power as­sisted bi­cy­cle equipped with one or more aux­il­iary propul­sion mo­tors. It al­lows a max­i­mum power of 250 watts, with a safe­guard al­low­ing for power as­sis­tance only when the bi­cy­cle is trav­el­ling at less than 25km/h and the rider is ped­alling. This means that the rider must pedal to ob­tain help from the aux­il­iary mo­tor(s) and can­not sim­ply be pro­pelled by the mo­tor alone.

THE LAW - VIC­TO­RIA (www.vicroads.vic.gov.au) Power as­sisted bi­cy­cles are likely to have sim­i­lar per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics to pedal pow­ered bi­cy­cles so the same road rules ap­ply. Th­ese types of power as­sisted bi­cy­cles are not re­quired to be reg­is­tered nor the rider re­quired to be li­censed. Def­i­ni­tion of a power as­sisted bi­cy­cle: A power as­sisted bi­cy­cle is iden­ti­cal to a pedal pow­ered bi­cy­cle, ex­cept it has an aux­il­iary mo­tor. Power as­sisted bi­cy­cles have two def­i­ni­tions in Vic­to­ria:

* A pedal cy­cle with one or more aux­il­iary propul­sion mo­tors at­tached which has a com­bined max­i­mum power out­put not ex­ceed­ing 200 watts. * A bi­cy­cle cer­ti­fied as a Pedalec (com­pli­ant with Euro­pean Com­mit­tee for Stan­dard­iza­tion EN 15194:2009 or EN 15194:2009+A1:2011 Cy­cles - Elec­tri­cally power as­sisted cy­cles - EPAC Bi­cy­cles).

This bi­cy­cle fea­tures an aux­il­iary power pro­duc­ing no more than 250 watts and spec­i­fies this as a con­tin­u­ous rating. It also re­stricts the top power as­sisted speed to 25 kilo­me­tres per hour and re­quires the rider to pedal to ac­cess the power.

A mo­torised bi­cy­cle is not classed as a bi­cy­cle if the mo­tor is the pri­mary source of power and the mo­tor’s power out­put ex­ceeds 200 watts (whether or not the mo­tor is op­er­at­ing). Th­ese are con­sid­ered to be mo­tor­cy­cles. The rider will be re­quired to hold a mo­tor­cy­cle li­cence and have the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tered be­fore it can be used on the road net­work.

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