Primarily this blog is about the law pertaining to E-Bikes in Western Australia although most states have similar laws.
E-Bikes are Power Assisted Pedal Cycles (PAPC) that are designed to be propelled the same as a normal bicycle but with an auxiliary electric motor attached to assist the rider when required.
There are 2 sorts of E-Bikes
- Power assisted bicycles with a maximum power output no greater than 200watts measured at the wheel. There is little additional legislation governing the use of these e-bikes.
- Power assisted bicycles with a continuous power output not exceeding 250 watts. These are also known as a “Pedalec”. These cycles have to comply with the requirements of European standard EN15194 governing Electrically Power Assisted Cycles (EPAC).
The requirements for EN15194 Pedalec’s are
- The rider must have to pedal to activate the motor when travelling at speeds greater than 6km / hour.
- The motor must cut off upon reaching 25 km/hour or when pedalling stops.
- The maximum continuous power output is not to exceed 250 watts. The motor can produce greater power for a very short period of time such as pulling away from traffic lights.
- The motor must be electric.
This is a general guide and should not be taken as conclusive. Reference should be made to the Department of Transport website for further information www.transport.wa.gov.au