An interesting post from Pascal. From the doc to which he links I learn
European legislation stipulates that only pedelecs “which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of 0,25 kW, of which the output is progressively reduced and finally cut off as the vehicle reaches a speed of 25 km/h, or sooner, if the cyclist stops pedalling” are classified as bicycles. For these vehicle types, the European standard EN 15194 (EPAC – Electrically Power Assisted Cycles) has been implemented.
E-bikes and pedelecs of which the motor output exceeds 0.25 KW and/or the motor assists beyond 25 km/h are classified as mopeds. They have to comply with the type-approval legislation as laid down in Directive 2002/24/EC and all accompanying Directive. Full details on all legislation governing pedelecs and E-bikes are in the fact sheet “Legal Framework”.
Is that what Cycles Maximus are talking about when they say that the Lynch PowerDrive is “Street legal 12-Volt” they don’t make the corresponding claim re the 24-volt Heinzmann Powerhub?