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The power should be at least 1kW. Then you can climb hills and tow loads up to 25km/h. Australia doesn’t make cars anymore so unlimited power on an e-bike does not threaten the car industry. Just make serious fines and confiscation for wheels that allow more than 25km/h.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. A little advice, before rushing out and buying a new Chinese made e bike, check with your insurance company. I am certain they would very quickly reject any claim where an e bike is the cause of a house fire, so before charging, storing your bike in your house please consider the implications in do so.

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    A little advice, before rushing out and buying a new Chinese made e bike, check with your insurance company. I am certain they would very quickly reject any claim where an e bike is the cause of a house fire, so before charging, storing your bike in your house please consider the implications in doing so… .. .

    • Greeggy, you Chinaphobic now in your desperation to demonise e-bikes.
      Most homes have all manner of gadgets that are lithium ion battery powered and have had them for years. Have the insurance companies walked away from providing cover because of this? No.
      As with all battery powered gadgets, including e-bikes, follow the instructions provided in relation to battery charging. It is pretty simple really.

  3. The maximum power in NSW was increased to 500 Watts last year but the power assist must progressively decrease from 6 kph to cut out at 25 kph.

    A number of European countries, such as Denmark, are now allowing speeds of up to 45 kph for use on cycle ways and roads. This makes sense in urban traffic. The 25 kph limit is too slow in road traffic.

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