E-bike products and scooters Cycling Without that Pesky Peddling - Page 14

Legal Status The legal status of what determines an electric bicycle varies from country to country so you need to check your own local laws. In general electric bicycles that are power assisted are termed pedelecs making them distinct from the more powerful electric mopeds and motorcycles. Because of this pedelecs are treated just like bicycles and do not come under the more stringent laws aimed at electric motorcycles. However full-power electric bicycles with large motors for example 500W with a throttle control may well be considered under local laws to be an electric, moped or electric motorcycle. If in doubt you might want to consider an electric scooter instead.