Think Bike ! Think Electric !

  • Do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Huge savings can be made in terms of money & to the environment
  • Green Bikes – Save on parking, Save on Fuel and get Fit in the process!

Statistics suggest that up to a staggering 80% of all car journeys made are less than six miles and that almost a third of all journeys are of approximately only one mile! It’s also estimated that 75% of a car’s harmful exhaust emissions during a typical six mile trip are made during this first mile.

It’s well known that a car is most inefficient when cold and during such short journeys, the catalytic elements within the exhaust system do not operate fully and so not only are such journeys most damaging to both our cars and our planet, they’re also not doing much to help our personal financial situation as fuel costs continue to spiral.

An Electric Bike, with batteries costing just pence to recharge, whilst not as green as a bicycle without power uses far less energy than a motor vehicle. Most would not want to replace the car for long journeys but with congestion and emissions in our Cities is becoming more of an issue along with the rise in fuel and parking costs. Many more consumers are realising that an electric bike is a viable alternative to commuting and short distance travel.

Huge savings can be made in money terms and in cost to the environment by using an Electric Bike for many of the short journeys we all make on a daily basis.

 

Electric Bikes are ideal for saving on parking and fuel as well as getting fit in the process. Statistics confirm that Electric Bike owners are more likely to use them once (or more) times a week.

If you work in the city or local town there are popular cycle to work schemes, which promote healthier journeys to work and reduce environmental pollution.

 

Cycle Schemes

Cycle Scheme, Bike2Work Scheme, Cycle Plus, Bikes for the NHS and Work Riders are some of the programmes that allow employees to purchase cycles tax free.

The government wants to encourage people out on to bicycles to improve health and to be kinder to the environment. It has introduced a scheme where employers buy bicycles and then employees can pay for them on a monthly basis without paying Tax or National insurance on that payment and thereby saving money! You can include safety and security equipment and luggage in your purchase.

Electric bicycles are available under these schemes.


Electric Bikes and the Law

The law regarding electric bikes is somewhat confusing and sometimes a little blurred. Currently the law in the UK is different to that in the EU but some aspects are the same.

The minimum riding age is 14

The bike must weigh less than 40kg (60kg for trikes)

Speed must be restricted to 15.5 mph (25 kph)

Maximum continuous motor output 200/250 W

EN 15194 is the official standard for electric bikes in the EU. We understand that at some point the UK is likely to align with the EU but currently there is no fixed date for this to happen.

Electric bicycles conforming to the UK law and purchased before the change will still be legal in the UK. Batribike Electric Bicycles conform to EN 15194

Throttles that operate without the pedals being turned and therefore being able to be ridden on power alone are not legal in the EU but can be used in the UK.

Throttles that operate whilst the pedals are turning and are only used to regulate the power are legal in the UK and the EU.

Electric bikes do NOT require an MOT, road tax or a licence.