Improvements in battery technology in recent years have seen electric motorbike sales steadily increase. ZERO Motorcycles, the forerunner in electric motorbike technology, has upgraded its range of electric bikes in 2018 with more power and torque, while also introducing two new learner-legal models. The learner-legal models are lower-powered versions of the Zero S, rated at 15hp instead of 28hp. That means they fall within the limitations of a learner or A1 licence despite making 78lbft of torque.
UK Licence Requirements for 50cc Mopeds and 7.2kw E-Motorbikes.
- You must be 16 years of age or over.
If you passed your driving test BEFORE 1st February 2001 – You can ride a a Moped or Zero 7.2kw without L Plates. Neither do you legally need attend a CBT course or take the full motorcycle test. Although WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do an Advanced CBT course to learn correct motorbike handling.
If you passed your driving test AFTER 1st February 2001 – You must complete a compulsory basic training (CBT) course to activate your full moped/7.2kw electric motorbike licence.
- If you have a valid CBT certificate when you pass your car driving test, it activates your full moped licence immediately, so you can then ride a moped/7.2kw electric without L Plates. You don’t need to take the full motorcycle driving test and you can ride mopeds/7kw for as long as your car driving licence lasts.
If you don’t have a licence – You must first get a provisional licence and complete your CBT. You can then ride a moped with L Plates.