How to Choose: E-Bike, Moped, or E-scooter?

How to Choose: E-Bike, Moped, or E-scooter?

All these usually have two, and sometimes three, wheels, but they are actually very different. The differences between a moped, scooter, and e-bike are in their legal requirements, riding styles, costs, and overall benefits. Check out these answers from hovsco team in electric bikes electric scooters and  moped to find out!

E-bike

To begin with, we must define what constitutes an e-bike, or an electrically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC), to give it its technical name.
What is an EAPC? According to gov.uk, an EAPC must:
  • Have pedals that can be used to propel it
  • Show either the power output or the manufacturer of the motor
  • Show either the battery’s voltage or the maximum speed of the bike
  • Have an electric motor with a maximum power output of 250 watts
  • Not have a motor able to propel the bike when it’s travelling at more than 15.5mph

What’s the related laws about e-bikes

If you are 14 or older, you may legally ride one of these bikes in the UK.  E-bikes do not need to be taxed, insured, or MOTed, but you may choose to get extra protection by getting electric bike insurance. According to English, Scottish, and Welsh law, pedal bikes can be used anywhere a standard pedal cycle can be used, including on roads and cycleways.

Electric scooter

Electrified scooters are a relatively new form of personal transportation vehicle that look like scooters, but are motorized and capable of traveling at speeds of up to 20mph, as well as having larger frames and thicker wheels.

Is it legal to own an e-scooter

For personal use, it is legal to purchase and own an e-scooter. Under UK law, e-scooters are considered "powered transporters" along with hoverboards and electric unicycles. According to this classification, they must not be used on pavements, cycle lanes, or in pedestrian areas, so you can only use your new scooter on your own property. Technically, an e-scooter could be used on public roads if you managed to register, tax and insure one like any other motor vehicle, but this isn’t currently possible. Further, if you use an e-scooter improperly, you could be fined, get points on your license and even have your scooter impounded.

Will e-scooters become legal in the future

Until November 2022, the nationwide trial of the rental service will be extended. The new legislation is expected to be brought forward in 2023 after the data collected over the course of the trials has been analyzed. There is no guarantee that personal e-scooters will be legalised, but it is expected that their own vehicle class will be created in the UK. The new regulations will probably include speed and weight caps, modifications restrictions, and where you can safely use e-scooters.

Moped

Mopeds are a type of electric vehicle that is often mistaken for scooters due to their structural similarities. Pedal refers to the pedal on mopeds, while mo refers to the motor.
Mopeds are small, light vehicles with an engine and foot platform for the rider to rest their feet on, like scooters. Also, keep in mind that, with the exception of electric mopeds, traditional mopeds employ gas engines, which is a notable difference between riding an electric bike and riding a moped.

Is my electric moped road legal

Under standard forms, electric mopeds and scooters are classified as L1e vehicles, just like regular mopeds. To be fully road-legal, L1e vehicles must meet the following requirements:
  •  At the age of 16, you can ride a standard electric scooter in the L1e category.
  • The provisional driving licence must be valid if you are 16 or older. If you did not obtain a full driving licence before February 1, 2001, you must also have completed compulsory basic training (CBT).
  • The CBT requires you to display L plates unless you obtained your full driving license after February 1, 2001.
  • Vehicle tax must be applied for, even though it is free.
  • DVLA registration is required, as well as licence plates on the vehicle.
  • You must obtain an MOT certificate every year once the vehicle turns three years old.
  • To ride on the road, you must have valid insurance and wear a helmet.
  • L1e vehicles are limited to a speed of 30mph, just like any other moped.

What should you consider when making a decision

We hovsco provide 3 aspects you should take into consideration before dropping into a decision, and hope that can help you.

Comfort and Convenience

To handle the added weight of the battery and motor, most electric bikes have large frames and tires. That doesn't mean that electric scooters don't offer a comfortable ride. High-performance models can even have pneumatic tires and suspension systems, though they may not be easy to fold or carry, and can weigh as much as electric bikes.

Speed and Range

It is true that electric bikes, for the most part, are faster than most lightweight e-scooters, though there are exceptions. Furthermore, electric bikes have much longer ranges and are therefore more suitable for longer commutes and adventures, though their larger batteries can take longer to charge.

Cost and Safety

An electric bike or scooter is not the least expensive option. Investing in an electric bike may be the best option if you need to haul things. As a result, not all electric bikes are as expensive as high-end scooters.

Conclusion

There are a number of variables that influence the choice between an electric bike ,an electric scooter and moped. There is no one-size-fits-all personal electric vehicle. Based on our above discussion, electric bikes may be the best option for urban commuters and commuting residents in terms of cost, convenience, and ease of use. And if you've  determined to get your first one, I strongly recommend our HOVSCO A5 Mountain Cruiser and HOVSCO A5B Plus (City Hunter Plus)

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