Last month Simon Corbell promised us pedal assisted electric bicycles capable of maintaining 25kmph.
Today he’s announced the required legislation has passed:
Pedalecs have a maximum continuous power rating of 250 watts, compared with electric bicycles currently able to be used, with a maximum peak power of 200 watts. They also have additional safety and design requirements consistent with European standards.
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The advantages of Pedalecs over existing electric bicycles include greater performance on hills and extended range on long journeys. They are a sustainable and cost-effective transport choice, and offer a comfortable ride.
“Riders of electric bikes, including Pedalecs, will be required to adhere to bicycle road rules, such as wearing a bicycle helmet which meets the Australian Standard.
“The introduction of Pedalecs into Australia is in response to a growing demand for low powered, efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles,” Mr Corbell said.
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