What is an E-Bike?
Also known as an electrically assisted pedal cycle, e-bikes are a conventional bike with a secret weapon for getting up those uncivilised hills. Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery cell, the motor can be turned on or off as is required. This means electric bikes tick the box for a healthy transport option as well as a convenient and green one too.
Do I need a license for an electric bicycle?
Electric bikes or EAPCs are also known as electrically assisted pedal cycles. This means they don't fall into the category of being a motorbike and can therefore be used by anyone over the age of 14 in the UK. Just as the name suggests, they are assisted and can also be used just as any normal bicycle would be. That means, no tax, no license and no insurance is required to use in on the roads in the United Kingdom.
How to charge e-bikes
Just like an EV, the e-bike needs charging every so often. Fast charging stations are becoming more commonplace around the UK but most owners charge at home when they are back from work or after a day out. Charging times for a lithium eon bike is between 3.5 and 6 hours, and it's not unheard of to buy a spare battery to plug in and use if you are in a hurry.
Are electric bikes legal in the UK?
Yes and subsidies such as the cycle to work scheme cover electric bikes too. If you would like to find out more, click the link above to see how you can take advantage of this tax-efficient way to buy an electric bike.
Can electric bikes get wet?
Electric bikes use an insulated and watertight battery and electronics network. This means you are not running any risk of electrocution when riding an e-bike in the rain, just as you probably don't panic when sitting in a car or on a petrol bike. The only thing you need to worry about is your clothes.
What's the best electric bike?
Ultimately the best electric bike depends on what you want to use it for, but if you simply want a gauge on the most popular e-bikes, you can use the filters above, to sort by reviews or sort by best selling. Some of the top names to look out for include, SynchGo, Cyclotricity, Wisper, Emu and Econic One! We offer a bespoke telephone advice service, that is absolutely free to use, simply click the button below and one of our expert team can drop you a call and talk you through the options.
Why buy an e-bike?
Electric bikes offer an alternative to short car journeys and public transport. They can help assist you up to 15.5mph. The cost of running an electric bike is approximately 8p per mile compared to an average cost of 80p for a car. Unlike motorbikes, you do not need an MOT, Insurance or Tax for an electric bike. You can also ride electric bikes on cycle paths. Click below for help!
1. Quicker Travel
Cars may be quicker over longer journeys but in a city, electric bikes are hard to beat. Cars will often fall below 10mph and do not have the manoeuvrability of bikes. Mopeds and motorcycles may have similar advantages but are still confined to the road. Investment in cycling infrastructure while poor compares to our European neighbours still results in an ever-increasing number of cycle lanes. With an electric bike, you will breeze up the hills and fly through headwinds.
2. No Sweat
The UK has some of the longest working hours in Europe. Therefore you do not want to arrive at work feeling exhausted before you even start. There will be no need to make use of employer showers if you are one of the few with these facilities.
3. Hill Climbing
This is one of the biggest advantages. A good electric bike will essentially flatten hills. With reasonable effort, you will climb a 10% gradient with ease and with the correct bike even 25% gradients. Red Bull may give you wings but electric bikes turn you into Bradley Wiggins.
4. Motorized but without Red Tape
Electric bikes meeting UK regulations require no MOT, Tax or insurance.
5. Improved Fitness
People who have an electric bike tend to use it at least twice as much as those with a conventional bike (1, 2). Ebikes are more fun especially in areas with many hills and as a result, people use them more. Therefore people with an electric bike often get more exercise which is why there are many examples of people losing large amounts of weight.
Fuel consumption is equivalent to between 800 and 2000mpg. Although CO2 per mile is normally lower than a standard bike (3). The additional fuel needed for the extra energy required is usually lower than what is required to power the battery. Amazing!
 Transport Research Laboratory report: 'New Cycle Owners: expectations and experiences' (Davies and Hartley 1998)
 Leeds University report: 'The New Generation of Private Vehicles in the UK. Should their use be encouraged and can they attract drivers of conventional cars?' (Neil Guthrie 2001)
 'Electric Bicycles' 2010, Richard Peace and David Henshaw