The trend cannot be stopped anymore ... The success and popularity of electric bicycles is growing. Imagine going through life as if you had the legs and the heart of a professional cyclist. That's the first impression it gives you when you ride an electric bicycle. And that impression is greater when you just got off a normal bike and suddenly you get on an electric bike. The extra push of 250 watts feels natural, especially in the most sophisticated models.
How do you produce the movement on an electric bike? Plain and simple: you are the one who produces the movement with your legs, because if you do not pedal, the engine does not push you forward. That's why it's not the same as riding a motorcycle, for example. Riding an electric bicycle, you produce the movement. When pedaling, the engine gives you an extra help, which pushes you forward, making you go faster and with less effort - basically no effort, depending on the level of help you choose!
pedal-assisted bicycles (so if you do not pedal, your engine does not help you), with a maximum power of 250 watts and a maximum speed of assistance up to 25 km / h. Because of their characteristics, they are still considered as bicycles, therefore they are subject to the same legislation and with them you can access the same sites that you can access with your conventional bicycle.
they are also pedaled bicycles but their maximum assistance speed reaches 45 km / h and the power can be greater than 250 watts. They are considered mopeds, so they need insurance to drive, moped license plate, fixed lights, fenders and they must pass ITV when appropriate. When legislated as mopeds are affected by the same laws as other motor vehicles, they do not have access to roads and trails limited to walkers, horses and bicycles.
It has pedals, but the assistance works independently, so you can advance without pedaling, with an accelerator, and move your legs when you want an extra push or to move just pedaling, in favorable areas. They are considered mopeds, just like the speed-pedelec. They can work without the accelerator, just with the pedaling and the battery motor and, therefore, stop being considered a moped.
Within the e-bikes there is a subcategory, those that exceed 45 km / h or the motor power is 4,000 W, which are also e-bikes but enter the category of electric bikes even if they have pedals and if they are going to circulate in public areas you need A1 motorcycle license or B card with a minimum experience of 3 years.