E-bikes are declared illegal to use on European roads without insurance, decides European Commission

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Re: E-bikes are declared illegal to use on European roads without insurance, decides European Commission

Postby RonK » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:44 am

My local e-bike shop is now selling the Ubco 2x2. It’s road- registerable and capable of 50kph, but it is a motorcycle so cannot be ridden on bike paths.
It's quite reasonably priced too relative to other e-bikes.
Oh - and you do need a drivers license to ride it. :Wink

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Re: E-bikes are declared illegal to use on European roads without insurance, decides European Commission

Postby Tamiya » Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:56 pm

RonK wrote:My local e-bike shop is now selling the Ubco 2x2. It’s road- registerable and capable of 50kph, but it is a motorcycle so cannot be ridden on bike paths.
It's quite reasonably priced too relative to other e-bikes.
Oh - and you do need a drivers license to ride it. :Wink

Ubco 2x2


Been wanting to try a 2x2 off-road :P

Don't quite see benefits of a bike that only does 50km/h with range of 60km who you're pushing it max... on road that's about as unwieldy as a vintage asthmatic Vespa :twisted: unless you stick to only 40km/h roads you'll just be paying to become another mobile road hazard.

60c to recharge 2kW/hr... that's just on electric bill. That 50V 2000Wh battery pack might only do 500-1000 cycles, if it costs $2000 to replace then that's $2-4/charge. Versus a modern Vespa that might sip 2-3L/100km ($3-4.50) there's no cost benefit either.

Biggest "pro" with being road-reg'able is it's got proper headlight, taillight & indicators built in. It's taking far too long for eBikes to get simple conveniences like lights built into frame where they can't get damaged/nicked & plumbed into the battery pack, no dangley messy exposed wiring.

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Re: E-bikes are declared illegal to use on European roads without insurance, decides European Commission

Postby Scintilla » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:51 pm

Tamiya wrote:It's taking far too long for eBikes to get simple conveniences like lights built into frame where they can't get damaged/nicked & plumbed into the battery pack, no dangley messy exposed wiring.


Done! (Now available as e-bike).


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