Although electric mopeds and electric scooters have established themselves in the UK from the standpoint of 2019, a lot of confusion persists about their use. For example, many people do not understand where they can be used legally and under what category of license they can be ridden.
Read on to find out more about electric mopeds in our ultimate guide. It will advise you of all the important information you need to make an informed choice when it comes these increasingly popular vehicles.
After all, it is crucial to know what is allowed – as well as what is not – in addition to getting a better idea of the main advantages of enjoying this environmentally friendly mode of transport.
Why Ride an Electric Moped?
Electrically powered vehicles are the future of road transportation in the UK. Firstly, they are able to run very efficiently without the need for harmful fossil fuels.
This has an obvious environmental benefit on the global scale but it also means reducing emissions at the local level.
Electric Moped Emissions?
Simply put, electric mopeds are emission-free when you ride them. As increasing numbers of city centres tighten up on their air quality requirements such as ULEZ, so more and more electrically powered mopeds will become the norm.
Of course, electric vehicles still require power but given the growth of green forms of electricity production in the country, turning to an electric moped makes sense even when you take into consideration the energy they use.
How Much Can You Save With an Electric Moped?
In fact, electric mopeds compare very favourably when you compare them to petrol-run alternatives. Simply put, they cost much less to run.
A typical commuter travelling around 300 miles per month on an electric moped would expect to spend less than 10 per cent the amount of a petrol user.
What’s more, there is no road tax to pay and charging up at the office would mean reducing your running costs even further!
Just take a look at our handy Fuel Calculator, on the right, to give you an idea of how much you could save.
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The Pros and Cons of Electric Mopeds
As mentioned, the running costs of electric mopeds are very low. What are the other advantages of owning one? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons.
|Fossil-fuel free||Although increasing, their range is not as great as petrol-powered scooters|
|No emissions||Greater initial outlay unless purchased with a finance package|
|Minimal noise pollution|
|Low maintenance costs|
|No road tax to fork out for|
|No filters or oils to check|
|Cheap to run|
|Ideal for commuting|
Unsure Which Electric Moped to Buy?
Electric Moped Specifications Compared
|30 City||2000W Brushless DC Hub Motor||72V 20Ah Lithium ION Battery||45km/h||70km||180kgs||10″x 3.5||Disc Brake Front & Rear||6-8 Hours|
|30 Moda||2000W Brushless DC Hub Motor||72V 20Ah Lithium ION Battery||45km/h||80km||180kgs||10″x 3.5||Disc Brake Front & Drum Brake Rear||6-8 Hours|
|30 Roma||3000W Brushless DC Hub Motor||72V 25Ah Lithium ION Battery||45km/h||80km||180kgs||12″x 3.5||Disc Brake Front & Rear||6-8 Hours|
What Is the Legal Situation With Electric Mopeds?
Firstly, there is a legal distinction between an electric moped and an assisted pedal bike which means the rules are different. An electric moped is legally differentiated from a power-assisted bicycle because it has no pedals. Indeed, since electric mopeds look just like petrol powered scooters, it is fairly easy for law enforcement officials to tell powered bikes and electric mopeds apart.
In fact, if you are riding an electric moped, then you are under just the same legal requirements as you would be riding a conventional one. This means to be legal on the road, you must:
- Be able to ride a scooter under the L1e license category which means the speed is restricted to 30-mph, if you are 16.
- If you are over 16 years of age, then you must have a standard provisional driving license along with a CBT. If you obtained a full driving license before the 1st February 2001, then this is not needed, however.
- L-plates must be displayed on your electric moped if you are riding on a provisional driving license with a CBT. Once again, this is not required if you obtained your license before 1st February 2001.
- You must apply for road tax so your electric moped is registered even though you won’t have to pay a fee.
- All electric moped models must be approved and registered with the DVLA and have the correct license plate formats.
- Once an electric moped is three years old, an MOT certificate is required by law, the same as any other vehicle.
- Valid insurance is required at all times.
- A safety helmet must be worn when riding.
A Few Things To Remember
Without complying to the regulations fully, you are breaking the law and your could find yourself facing a fine or even prosecution. Remember that these laws are there to protect riders just as much as other road users.
While electric mopeds are eco-friendly and convenient vehicles to ride on and maintain, they are a genuine road-going form of transport and, therefore, rightly subject to many of the same rules that other road users face.
Do You Need A License For an Electric Moped?
Most people who use a two-wheeled form of powered road transport will require a CBT and moped training. It stands for compulsory basic training and is not a test of your riding ability. Rather, it is a training programme that only takes a few hours that is designed to make it safer for all learner riders by pointing out many of the additional hazards that two-wheeled road users face.
Why Do You Need A CBT?
Without CBTs, many more accidents would inevitably occur on the road. They only cost around £100 depending where you live and you cannot fail since there is no test at the end of the course.
You can check your licence to see the type vehicles you can drive, more details on moped licensing from the UK government.
How Do You Charge An Electric Moped?
Bear in mind that our electric mopeds can be charged from conventional UK power sockets so you have a great deal of flexibility in when and how you recharge. Simply remove the battery from the vehicle and plug it in.
Not only does this make recharging convenient, but it renders the moped useless for anyone tempted to steal it.
Battery removal is easy, requiring no special tools and it is something that takes seconds. A full recharge will take around six hours. If you recharge at night, when the energy costs are low, you can make considerable savings.
Of course, charging up at the office during the working day would mean reducing your running costs even further!
How Much is Electric Moped Insurance?
Insurance costs for electric mopeds are very affordable, certainly when compared to car insurance premiums, for example. Of course, it depends on the underlying market conditions and where you happen to live.
A brand new electric moped could easily be insured for as little as £240 per annum, especially if you can park it off-street at night. Bear in mind that third-party insurance policies are cheaper than fully comprehensive ones and that setting your excess higher will also bring the cost down.