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.