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What are the different categories of electric mopeds and motorbikes?

Electric vehicles are categorised by power rating based on KiloWatts (KW) instead of engine size in CC. There are different categories of electric mopeds and motorbikes as defined by the European Commission. Category L applies to Mopeds, Motorcycles, Motor Tricycles and Quadricycles and the applicable categories we sell include the following:-

  • Powered Cycles (L1e-A). Power up to 1000w (Electric or combustion). Power assist cuts off at speeds above 15 mp/h. Can also have 3 or 4 wheels. Must have pedals but are not the same as EAPC push bikes..
  • Mopeds (L1e-B). Power up to 4kW. Max speed 28mph. These are typically regarded as being equivalent to about 50cc
  • Motorbikes (L3e). There are 3 categories based on power. No speed restrictions

L3e-A1 Power <= 11kw, Power/Weight <=0.1 kw/kg. These are typically regarded as being equivalent to 125cc

L3e-A2 Power <= 35kw, Power/Weight <=0.2 kw/kg

L3e-A3 Power > 35kw

What electric mopeds and motorcycles can I ride on a CBT?

All our mopeds and motorcycles are either 50cc equivalent (called "L1e") or 125cc (called "L3e") and so they can be ridden on a CBT. Please see here for further information on which licence requires a CBT and how to find a school.

What are the typical use of electric mopeds and motorcycles?

Just like petrol based bikes, electric mopeds are used for everything you’d use a conventional scooter or moped for. From commuting, nipping around the city to delivery and public sector use such as law enforcement and police.

Can electric mopeds be used for Delivery tasks such as Deliveroo ©, Uber Eats © etc?

Yes. Mopeds can be fitted with "Pizza Box" sized delivery boxes made of corrugated cardboard or up to 400L plastic ones. Combined with removable batteries and spare chargers would enable a shift to be completed.

Do electric mopeds and motorcycles have normal controls?

The biggest advantage of electric bikes from this perspective is that there are no gears so they are extremely simple to ride. There are twist and go controls and some have economy and performance modes that provide different characteristics for certain riding conditions or requirements. All the other controls are the same as conventional motorbikes such as indicators, horn, speedometer etc. Some of the more recent bikes provide mobile phone apps to allow details and configuration of your bike to be monitored remotely.

Do electric mopeds, motorcycles and scooters make any noise?

One of the advantages of electric mopeds and bikes is that they are significantly quieter than their petrol equivalents but are not totally silent. You will hear the electric motor as you ride. Belt driven bikes also typically make more noise than hub motors

Are your electric mopeds and motorcycles road legal?

Yes. All our bikes conform to European standards and will come complete with Certificate of Conformity for your records. We also provide off-road (motorcross style) electric motorbikes that cannot legally be ridden on the road.

At what age can I ride an electric moped, motorcycle or scooter on public roads in the UK?

You can ride our L1e (50cc) electric moped from age 16. You must be at least 17 years old to ride the L3e category (<=11kw) 125cc equivalent.

Do I need a licence to ride an electric motorcycle, moped or scooter on public roads in the UK?

Yes but the licence category required can be confusing. The table below summarises it.

As with all mopeds and motorcycles you may need to complete a compulsory basic training course (CBT) to validate your licence before you can ride on the road.

  • If you obtained your full driving licence before 1 February 2001 you do not need to complete CBT.
  • If you obtained your full driving licence on or after 1 February 2001 then CBT is required after which you can ride without L plates.
  • If you have a provisional moped licence then CBT is required and you must display L plates until you qualify for a full licence – provisional entitlement with CBT is valid for two years after which CBT must be retaken.

CBT can be completed in one day and costs around £150. More information about Driver Vehicle Licencing including CBT can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring.

Do electric mopeds, motorcycles and scooters need road tax, registration documents, number plates and an MOT test in the UK?

Electric mopeds and motorbikes are required to be registered with the DVLA using a V5 document but there is no Road Tax because of zero emissions. Number plates will need to displayed just like their petrol equivalents.

After 3 years an MOT will be required

Do I need insurance to ride an electric moped in the UK and do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes. Insurance and a helmet is required

What are the running costs of an electric moped and motorcycle?

The cost of mains electricity to fully charge the battery is under 60p. If you compare an average petrol moped consumption of 60mpg and an example range of a single charge of an electric moped of 40 miles, with current petrol prices of £1.70/litre, an electric moped could travel over 500 miles for the equivalent cost of a gallon of fuel.

As electric mopeds and motorbikes do not have a combustion engine, the major element that requires maintenance does not exist. Therefore maintenance essentially comes down to consumable items such as tyres and breaks, plus electrical items.

What range can I expect from a full charge of an electric moped and motorcycle?

This is a function of the power of the engine, the consumption of the battery and driving style. Typical range starts at about 35 miles but can go up to 75 miles on the bikes we offer.

Can I get an Lead Acid battery electric moped and motorcycle?

All our bikes are Lithium based which are lighter and safer than Lead Acid. This also ensures that our bikes can qualify for the Governments Plug In Grant scheme.

How long does it take to charge the battery of an electric moped?

This depends on the model and if you are charging them from a domestic 13amp socket or a commercial charging station. However, Batteries take around 6 to 8 hours to fully charge but fast chargers chargers can reduce this significantly and some models offer the option. Also, most models offer removable batteries meaning they can be taken in to offices, coffee shops etc to top up while out and above.

How can I tell how much charge is left in the battery of an electric moped or motorcycle?

A charge indicator on the display console provides a ‘fuel gauge’ view of the remaining battery charge. Some models offer apps to remotely interrogate the bikes statistics

Can an electric moped have a top box?

As with their petrol equivalents, many have an under seat helmet storage compartment and some also have a lockable glove box. In additional, we can supply an optional secure back box.

Do electric mopeds or motorcycles need to be assembled?

Your electric scooter will arrive fully assembled with any options purchased attached, registered and taxed. Your V5C will come direct from DVLA separately. You will need to insure it.

Do electric mopeds need servicing and maintenance?

Electric mopeds and motorcycles have very low maintenance and servicing requirements as there is no petrol engine etc. Consumable items such as tyres, brake pads and discs will need maintenance as with petrol equivalent bikes. Your documentation will tell you of the servicing requirements which are typically light in nature due to the fact that the motor and battery are non-serviceable components.

Do electric mopeds and motorcycles have a warranty?

Electric motorbikes and mopeds typically come with 2 or 3 years warranty. Models that state they are Plug-in Grant (PIMG) eligibility will have a warranty as follows:-

  • 2-year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty.
  • 3-year or 30,000km battery or fuel cell and electric drive train warranty, with the option of extending the battery warranty for an extra 2 years or 20,000km

Where can I get spare parts and accessories for electric moped and motorcycles?

We can supply a full range of spare parts for our electric scooters including replacement batteries and chargers. Please email us any concerns you have.

What is the Plug-in Motorcycle Grant?

The PiMG (Plug in Motorcycle Grant) – is given to the retail customer in the form of a 20% discount off the usual price of the Scooter or Moped.  This grant is offered by the OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles) department of the UK government.

This is to encourage the use of electric vehicles (specifically two-wheeled) in the UK, within major cities with congestion and ultra low emission zones in place.  With plans to make all major cities in the UK energy compliant, with the use of special lanes, congestion charges and electric vehicle only lanes – there has never been a better time to take advantage of the PiMG and start enjoying free road tax, free access to ULEZ and congestion charge areas along with ZERO petrol costs and the freedom of an electric moped or motorcycle.