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.
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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