.... when I would find myself wanting an electric bicycle. Would be great for a theoretical 40km round daily commute from where i live to Dublin, which I don't have since i work from home at the moment. But if I did, y'know.....
5500 euro is a lot of peddleing
Think of the money saved as opposed to buying a motorbike or using a car... With petrol/taxes etc this would pay for itself over the months..
That's what its aimed at being, a replacement for a car/motorcycle..
Though not sure it will be legal here without tax and insurance as it can go 45kph...
"Key features of the new bike include a 250 watt rear hub motor"
Fortunately I have one of those in my legs, as does everyone else who can be bothered to use them properly.
€5500....think of the pushbike you could get for that! A 40km round trip isn't much once you get fitter...
That would add a significant amount of minutes to my commute.....
Missing the point, this bike is to get the people who don't have motors in there legs get away from using motor cars/bikes and onto the road..
And you're missing my point, which is that EVERYONE has motors in their legs, which we call "muscles". We come that way out of the box. You can even use them off-road and going up stairs.
Until you add petrol/taxes and extra maintenance on top of that..
You will still need a licence, insurance and tax to run this thing though
I also suspect that overall maintenance costs on a top-spec bike doing constant speed of 45km/h will actually work out more than the maintenance on a low-spec 50km/h hairdryer.
Thanks for the anatomy lesson...
As for the bike, its a great idea for your average Joe commuting to work!
Q. Do I need a driving license, insurance or road tax?
A. No, you don’t. According to Irish and European law, electric bikes that use the pedal assist method are classified as bicycles, not mechanically propelled vehicles. There is no need for the extra expense associated with other forms of road transport. There are also no NCT requirements either.
Though the problem is that this bike is illegal in the EU... apart from Germany..