🚲🚀 Speedpedelec: allowed in my fleet or not?
🗒 First of all, what is the différence between e-bikes and speed pedelecs:
- The e-bike engine is limited to 250W and the speed pedelec 4000W
- The e-bike assist you up to 25km/h, the speed pedelec up to 45km/h
The average speed of a speed pedelec is 28km/h in cities and 32km/h out of cities (vs 22km/h for an e-bike)
- an e-bike is considered as a bike, a speed pedelec looks like as a bike but is considered a moped.
It needs a licence plate, insurance, a horn, etc. You need a helm and a driver licence to ride with it
You have to follow the moped rules (not allowed on bicycle lanes except if specified).
📈 More and more speed pedelecs are available on the market, even cargo bikes versions.
Carrying kids is allowed if there is a security system i.e. seat belt.
⛑ The return on the safety aspect is limited but rather positive.
Propose training (even for e-bikes) on how to ride a bike in cities with the bike to reduce the risk.
✅ So Yes I would allow speed pedelecs in a fleet as they increase the range accessible by bike, becoming an alternative to the car of some employees.
❓And you, do you have experience with speed pedelecs?
Please share in the comments.