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Do you need a licence for an electric bike?

As well as wanting to know how fast electric bikes go, how far e-bikes can go and how to ride one, often one of the most commonly asked questions is ‘do you need a licence to ride an electric bike’.

Electric bikes, also known as ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’, do not need a license. As the electric bikes legal pedal assistance limit is up to 15.5mph, a licence is not required in order to be able to ride one. Neither does your e-bike need to be registered, taxed or insured, and it will not require an MOT, or for the rider to wear a helmet during use.

What licence do I need for an electric bike?

In the UK, you are not required to have a licence for an electric bike. If you are over the age of 14 and you live in England, Scotland or Wales, as long as the e-bike meets certain requirements, you are able to ride an electric bike.

However, in Northern Ireland, electric bikes are classed as motorbikes. This means that they don’t follow the same rules as England, Scotland and Wales, and residents of Northern Ireland who want to ride an electric bike must own a moped licence in order to be able to ride it. As well as this, they must also have registration plates and insurance. For more information on NI legislations around e-bikes, see GOV.uk for a detailed breakdown.

For more information on our selection of B4 E-Cruizer e-bikes, get in touch with a member of our expert team today. Alternatively, learn the benefits of e-bikes and why should you purchase an e-bike from E-Motion today.

Benefits of electric bikes

There are often incorrect connotations and myths around the fact that riding ebikes means you’re being lazy, and an ebike doesn’t provide you with enough capability to exercise properly. However, there are vast benefits of electric bikes that encourage many people to purchase an ebike each year – from health to environmental factors, learn the top advantages of buying ebikes today.

What are the advantages of electric bikes?

  • Health – one of the main factors to consider is the electric bike health benefits. Naturally, by riding a bicycle more often, this will increase your fitness levels and make you healthier. Riding a bicycle is also linked to having a positive effect on your emotional well-being, such as decreasing stress levels, improving sleep and reducing tiredness.
  • Mental health – not only do ebikes benefit your physical health, such as the increased exercise, but also provide mental health benefits, too. Providing a transition from A to B away from the humdrum of city can allow you to get more fresh air, build up confidence while riding and the increase in exercise levels correlates positively with improved mental health.
  • Environmental – an electric bike is a great way to get around cities and towns without using the pollution of petrol and diesel that you’d find by using a car. The environmental benefits of electric bikes mean that the your carbon footprint is reduced, as they do not release any gases to the atmosphere which motorbikes or cars would.
  • Easy to ride for any age – regardless of age or fitness ability, ebikes are easy to ride and provide a way of getting around for those who aren’t so fit or are suffering from illnesses. Ebikes are also great those for who don’t have the courage to travel far distances without getting tired, tying in with the fact that ebikes can be more inclusive for people of any age.
  • Reach destination faster – the ebike gives you the option to reach places a lot easier than you would by walking, or even by using a normal bicycle – as far distances may mean you get tired quicker.
  • Social – electric bike communities are available for you to meet like-minded people who enjoy using ebikes. Join up to go on tours and build new relationships with people who have similar interests to you.

Now you know the benefits of ebikes, you may be interested in purchasing one. Browse our selection of B4 E-Cruizer electric bikes to find the perfect one for you. Choose from All Black or Indian Red – alternatively, get in touch with a member of our helpful team for more information.

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How fast do electric bikes go?

One of the most common questions asked regarding e-bikes is ‘how fast do electric bikes go?’ Although they operate differently to bicycles, the concept remains the same – and by using an e-bike, you can pick up speed – but you may not be assisted by the electric motor past a certain speed. Find out more about how fast electric bikes go from our detailed guide.

Are electric bikes fast?

Whether or not electric bikes are fast depends on the type of e-bike you purchase. To know if an e-bike is fast, it’s easier to explain how it works. This pedal bicycle is fitted with a battery and electric motor. As you pedal, the motor of the bike will kick-start and alleviate some strain of cycling for the rider. This will allow you to cycle up to a speed of around 15mph with the assisted motor. Find out more about how electric bikes work from our helpful guide.

However, according to UK regulations, e-bikes may be fitted with a motor that has no power more than 250w, and the maximum speed of the assisted motor must cut off around 15.5pmh, as this is the legal limit. However, European law differs slightly – as there are e-bikes available which have a speed limit of up to 30mph, which is considerably quicker than a UK e-bike.

Whereas in Northern Ireland, electric bikes are classed as motorbikes, so they follow different rules – such as needing to own a moped licence in order to ride an electric bike. Find out more information about NI legislations regarding e-bikes from Gov.UK.

Why is my electric bike cutting out?

Typically, as you reach the maximum speed of an electric bike, which is usually around 15mph, the bike will cut out – meaning the hard work is then transferred back to the rider. If you want to be able to go faster than the maximum speed, this is possible, but from this speed onwards, the motor will not assist you.

However, with the B4 E-Cruizer, you have the option to alternate between eight various intensities – designed to allow for variation in terrain. Unsure how to ride your e-bike? Our handy guide has you covered.

Here at E-motion, you can book in for a free e-bike test ride now! Simply fill in our enquiry form and select the day and time which suits you best. Alternatively, discover our range of B4 E-cruizer bikes today from E-Motion. If you need any support or advice, contact a member of our expert team for more information now.

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How to ride an electric bike

You may have heard of electric bikes and understand how e-bikes work, but perhaps you’re wondering how to ride one? Or where you can book in for a test ride? From our detailed guide, learn exactly how to ride an electric bike and more now.

So, what is it like riding an electric bike?

In short, riding an e-bike is pretty similar to riding a normal bike. However, the big difference is the amount of power you’ll need to use. As typical with a normal bike, the rider pedals to drive the bike forwards – yet, with an e-bike, the motor measures the rider’s input and adds assistance depending on the level of effort that’s given. Essentially, the harder you pedal, the more assistance you will get.

However, if you’re worried about not getting as much exercise, e-bikes still count towards exercise. Although they alleviate some of the work for you, they’re especially helpful for those who do not participate in much exercise on a weekly basis. The alleviation of work the e-bike allows for longevity for the rider – meaning they can ride faster and for longer without being worn out. There are also various assistance modes to choose from meaning electric bikes can be adaptable to the specific rider.

Do electric bikes need a licence?

Although an electric bike has an electric motor, a driver’s licence, registration, insurance and helmet are not necessary. Find out more information about the rules of electric bikes from our FAQ section.

Where can I try an electric bike?

Fancy trying an electric bike for yourself? Here at E-motion, you can book in your free e-bike test ride now! Simply fill in our form and specify which day and what time is best for you, and let us know if you have any special requirements. 

Alternatively, browse our range of B4 E-cruizer bikes today from E-Motion. Get in touch with a member of our expert team for further information.

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How far can electric bikes go?

Thinking about purchasing a new electric bike? Our B4 E-Cruizers are the perfect choice, letting you experience the freedom of a bicycle paired with the thrill of a motorcycle. But, how far can electric bikes go? And what’s the electric bike range and speed? Knowing the logistics of riding an e-bike is important before purchase – so understand everything you need to know from our detailed guide now.

Electric bike range and speed

Generally, the average electric bike range can vary. This can be between models, makes, frequency of use, riding style and more variables that can affect e-bike range. However, our E-Cruizer bikes from E-Motion have a specific range that users can adhere to. So, how far can an electric bike go on one charge?

With a fully charged battery, the E-Cruizer offers a range of up to 100 kilometres, which works out to be about 62 miles, in one charge. In terms of battery life, the e-bike battery (if referring to lithium batteries) will typically last around 3-5 years before battery capacity begins to deteriorate. That is generally around 1,000 charging cycles.

To find out more information about how electric bikes work, learn the maximum speed of an e-bike and more from our handy guide.

How long does an electric bike motor last?

Motors are known to generally last longer than most other electric bike components. Compared to the tyres – which are likely to experience normal wear and tear resulting in around 1,000 – 3,000 miles; and brakes – which generally last for a longer time, resulting in around 3000 miles; electric bike motors will typically last longer than all of these components. However, factors such as riding style, road conditions and the quality of the components on the bike can affect longevity of electric bike elements.

Looking for more information about your B4 E-Cruizer bike? Learn more by exploring our selection of electric bikes online today. Alternatively, visit our FAQ section to find out more valuable information including maintenance, safety tips and general questions about your e-bike.

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How do electric bikes work?

Fast becoming a popular transport choice across the nation, e-bikes are designed to make the riding part of cycling a bike virtually effortless – providing a relaxing journey and enjoyable through the assistance of an electric motor. But how do electric bikes work? First, it would be beneficial to explain exactly what an e-bike is:

What is an e-bike?

An e-bike, or electric bike, is a pedal bicycle which is fitted with a battery and electric motor. As you pedal, the motor of the bike will kick in and alleviate some of the strain of the cycling for the rider. As soon as you stop pedalling or brake, the motor will automatically switch off.

Also, as you reach the maximum speed of the e-bike (which is typically around 15mph), the bike will cut out – meaning the hard work is then transferred back to the rider. If you want to go faster than the maximum speed then you can, but the motor will not assist you. However, with the B4 E-Cruizer, you can alternate between the eight various intensities which are designed to allow for variation in terrain.

How do electric bikes work?

There are three main components of electric bikes:

  • Motor – this can be located in various places on the bike, from the hub or rear hub to the mid-drive. The main purpose of the motor of an e-bike is to control torque – and the more torque you have, the more power you’ll be able to derive from your bike.
  • Sensor – there are two types of sensors: a torque sensor – which responds with assistance to match your speed while moving; or a speed sensor – which instantly engages the motor as you begin pedalling. A torque sensor is the smarter of the two and assists with responding effectively to manoeuvres and speed changes.
  • Battery – similar to the motor, the battery can be found in various places across the bike, which can be dependent on the style, frame and type of bike. Each type of electric bike has a different battery charging time, which is typically around 5-6 hours. An B4 E-Cruizer takes 6 hours to charge from empty.

The key to a successful bike is that the components of the electric bike work together simultaneously – ideally, the battery, motor and sensor will combine to create a smooth and enjoyable ride. The battery will provide power to the drivetrain meaning you’ll be able to successfully tackle hills, long rides and difficult terrain as you travel. Learn more about how the B4 E-Cruizer works now.

Do electric bikes charge themselves?

The technology is available in some e-bikes to recharge as you’re riding. This is typically when the rider is braking – in which case, the battery range can be extended by 5-10% if this feature is available. As you’re a braking, a sensor triggers the motor to go into ‘reverse mode’ – meaning it uses the energy of the bike’s forward motion to charge the e-bike. Known as regenerative braking, this mechanism is more common in vehicles than in electric bikes. For more information on our B4 E-Cruizer bikes, find out how to charge the battery from our FAQ section.

So, how much are electric bikes? Here at E-Motion, our selection of electric bikes start from £7,000 – depending on the type of wheel and colour that you’d prefer. With options for customisation such as handgrips, saddles and tyres, explore our selection of electric bikes online today.

ENTREPRENEUR GETS ON HIS BIKE TO OFFER SOLUTION TO CONGESTED CITIES

A Midlands entrepreneur believes he may have a stylish answer to help people in Birmingham and London avoid congestion, charges and rising travel costs.

Nick Lovett has launched E-Motion London to act as the official UK distributor for B4 Bikes’ E-Cruizer range of hand-built electric bicycles that combine the design aesthetics of a 1912 Harley Davidson with state-of-the-art technology that delivers a range of 100 miles and top speeds of 25kmph.

The bikes have been created to give the rider a sense of freedom and independence, removing reliance on costly public transport and providing an environmentally friendly alternative to cars in city centres where they are already being charged or clean air zones that are soon to be introduced.

“Getting around the likes of Birmingham and London isn’t easy, with congested roads and rising public transport costs putting a major burden on commuters living in these cities,” explained Nick, who is also Managing Director of full-service advertising agency M3.

“The E-Cruizer could be a fun solution to this growing issue, providing people with a stylish way of bypassing traffic and avoiding queues, not to mention the congestion or clean air zone charges that are either in place or on the agenda.”

He continued: “All of the bikes have been handmade to capture the essence of cycling with the electric motor kicking in when you want a break from pedalling or to give you a boost up inclines. They look amazing and will certainly turn heads as our first customers in the UK are testifying to.”

E-Motion London is working with the original designer Matthijs Scholten and Dutch manufacturer B4 Bikes to bring the cycles to the UK for the first time, with Birmingham and London the first two target markets.

The E-Cruizer, which is priced at £7000 and comes in all black or Indian red, is equipped with a powerful 250w-1000w electric engine located in the front wheel and features a control console on the left-hand side of the handlebar, allowing the rider to easily select between six different speed settings as well as monitoring battery capacity.

It also comes with the latest braking systems and pulse wide modulation technology that delivers the most effective visibility whether you are moving around at day or night.

Nick continued: “We appreciate the bikes are a high ticket item at first glance, but when you consider they could replace all of your travel costs over the year they quickly pay for themselves – not to mention giving you a stylish way of keeping fit and healthy.

“If the interest is there, we could also look at a leasing scheme where you can pay a monthly sum to rent one of the E-Cruizers.”

Equbeer Singh was one of the first people in the UK to be an E-Cruizer owner.

“London was buzzing with summer vibes and there was an amazing exhibition of high-end cars on display in Canary Wharf, but something really caught my attention.

“It wasn’t a Rolls-Royce or a Ferrari or a Maybach, no it was a bike that had a classy design styling that could give any bike a run for its money when it comes to performance.

“From the moment I saw it, my heart was set on it and I had the pleasure of taking it for a spin. The rest is history and I am now one the proud owner of one of the most elegant and efficient bikes on the planet.”

E-Motion London will be touring the country demonstrating the E-Cruizers, as well as hosting special track days soon to be announced.