Any ideas on how to make a road legal electric bike in the UK????I

Just wunderin to get to school ( about 10 miles away) that i can ride when im 14 t would have to have peddles on for the law, any ideas on what type of motor and battery to use???

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Kiteman8 years ago
The law for an electric bike to be legal without a license or tax in the UK is:

  • The bicycle must weigh less than 40kg without its rider.
  • It cannot exceed 25kph - about 15.5mph - under power.
  • It must have usable pedals
  • Its motor must have a rated output of less than 0.25kW (i.e.250 Watts).
If your project matches all these points, you are fine riding it on roads and cycle tracks in the UK as soon as you turn 14.
jotism (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
I knew that, but I was wondering what type of motor and battery to use.
Kiteman jotism8 years ago
Wheelchair motor?

Golf cart motor?

A motor from one of those "disabled" scooters?

You may get more useful advice from The UK Battery Vehicle Society.
jotism (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
I think it would help if the scooter wasn't disabled, as it probs wouldnt work well. lol. ( I DO know what u mean tho lol)

Thanx Kiteman, as always, been a massive help.
joeofloath8 years ago
May I also add that when you hit 16, you'll be able to ride an electric moped/dirtbike, and tax on electric vehicles is free.
joeofloath8 years ago
So, as I understand, If you are still pedalling and it hits 40, does that count as under power or not?
acidbass8 years ago
Check with your Department of transportation it also depends on where you live in the UK.
jotism (author)  acidbass8 years ago
naaa, the UK is too small lol, any where in the UK has the same laws, as kitman has stated.
acidbass jotism8 years ago
yes!I learned something new today! LOL
jotism (author)  acidbass8 years ago