Speed pedelec sales kind of lumbered on since the EU type approval regulation came into force on January 1, 2017. Speed pedelecs or speed e-bikes, are in the type-approval either as category L1e-A, powered cycles with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and maximum 1 kW, or as category L1e-B, moped with maximum speed of 45 km/h and maximum 4 kW. However, this changed per January 1, 2018 as on that date the ‘old’ type approval for speed pedelecs expired meaning that L1e-B speed pedelecs have to be registered as mopeds (with license plate) and have to be equipped for instance with a (homologated) left-hand exterior mirror, retro-reflectors, horn and brake light.
Dealers' hesitant attitude
Probably the changes in regulations resulted in dealers' hesitant attitude towards speed pedelecs. This comes next to the fact that they are also subject to licensing with which many European bicycle dealers have no experience whatsoever. That affected sales which showed only limited growth. Last year, in the Netherlands, that stood at about 8 percent.