An e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor that gives assistance to the rider. It has the same basic features as a regular push bike, with the added bonus of some electric assistance when the rider chooses to use it.
How far can an e-bike battery get me?
Modern e-bikes are powered by a lithium long-life battery. Batteries can be charged from a regular household power outlet. The distance you can travel on a fully charged battery depends on the size and weight of the bike, level of assistance and riding conditions, resulting anywhere between 30km to 100km on a single charge.
How fast can they travel?
Pedal assistance e-bikes have a motor that only works while you pedal. The motor assists up to a maximum of 25kph (you can travel at speeds faster than this, but only using human pedal power). By limiting the speed to 25km/h. this enables the bikes to be ridden on shared paths and does not require registration or licence.
By adjusting the display panel, the level of assistance can be altered to suit the riding conditions. For example, you may choose to have maximum assistance when riding up a hill and then turn off assistance altogether when riding on a flat road. To cut the power, you just stop pedalling or start braking.
What are the laws on e-bikes?
Riders of e-bikes must follow Victoria's road rules for bicycle riders.
What kind of e-bikes are there?
e-bikes come in many of the same variations you find in a traditional bicycle, such as Mountain e-bikes, Commuter e-bikes and Cargo e-bikes.