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Unleashing Speed: How Fast Can Electric Bikes Go in the UK?

With the rise of eco-friendly transportation, electric bikes, or e-bikes, are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Prospective buyers and electric cycling enthusiasts often ask, “How fast can an electric bike go?” In the UK, the law is clear on this subject.

According to UK regulations, electric bikes can have a maximum power output of 250 watts and must not propel the bike when traveling more than 15.5 mph (25 km/h). This speed limit falls under the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC) legislation. It is crucial to note that although the motor's power ceases at this speed, it doesn’t prevent a rider from pedaling faster. In essence, you can exceed this limit under your own steam, but your e-bike's motor won't assist beyond it.

This restriction ensures the safety of both the rider and others on the road, aligning e-bike speeds with the flow of urban traffic. While pedal-assist features legally cap at 15.5 mph, the actual speed an individual can achieve will depend on factors such as rider fitness, terrain, bike weight, and weather conditions.

Enthusiasts looking for a speedier ride might be curious about 'speed pedelecs' or S-pedelecs, which can reach speeds up to 28 mph (45 km/h). However, these are classified differently

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