Electric Bike Laws
The Australian Design Rules concerning electric bicycles have been changed, bringing them in line with European Union standards. The new rules increase the allowed power output of electric bikes to 250 watts.
Electric bicycles or ‘e-bikes’ are bicycles with motorised assistance. There are two types of e-bikes: pedal assist (pedalec) bikes that require the cyclist to pedal to sustain the electric assistance; and those with a handlebar throttle, which allow the cyclist to travel without pedalling. Electric bikes can be charged at a standard building or home power point.