Electric scooters. What can I ride?

All Electric vehicles are categorised by power rating based on Kilowatts (KW) instead of engine size in CC. There are different categories of electric mopeds, scooters and motorbikes as defined by the European Commission. Category L applies to Mopeds.

In standard form, these are classified as L1e vehicles.

They are fully road legal, but carry exactly the same requirements as any other L1e vehicle, as follows:

1) You can ride a standard electric scooter in the L1e category at the age of 16

2) If you are 16 or over, you must have a valid provisional driving licence and complete compulsory basic training (unless you obtained a full driving licence before February 1, 2001)

3) On obtaining your CBT you must display L plates (unless you obtained a full driving licence after February 1, 2001)

4) You must apply for vehicle tax, even though there is no cost for this

5) The vehicle must be type approved, registered with the DVLA and display licence plates

6) Once the vehicle is three years old, you must obtain an MOT certificate each year like any other vehicle

7) You must have valid insurance in force to ride on the road, and you must wear a helmet

8) To class as an L1e vehicle, the scooters are restricted to a maximum speed of 28 mph like any other moped

  • L1e-B Electric Scooter classification is allowed power up to 4kW and is equivalent to a 50cc engine
  • L3e-A1 Electric Scooter classification is allowed power up to 11kW and is equivalent to a 125cc engine
  • All our scooters are either (called “L1e”) or (called “L3e”) so they can be ridden on a CBT
  • All our scooters are road legal and conform to European standards and will come complete with Certificate of Conformity for your records

Electric or Petrol what are the differences?

As far as control’s are concerned very little. The main difference with the electric scooters is most have hub motors so no chains and nearly all are twist and go, as are all DECKRIDER SCOOTERS.

Do they make a noise?

Yes, however they are much quieter than the petrol equivalents.

How old do I need to be to ride an electric scooter on the road in the UK?

You can ride our L1e-B 4kW electric scooter from 16 years of age however You must beat least 17 years old to ride the L3e-A1 category (<=11kw)

Below is the UK licence category:

You may need to complete a compulsory basic training course (CBT) to validate your licence before you can ride on the road.

  • If you obtained your full driving licence before 1 February 2001 you do not need to complete CBT.
  • If you obtained your full driving licence on or after 1 February 2001 then CBT is required after which you can ride without L plates.
  • If you have a provisional moped licence then CBT is required and you must display L plates until you qualify for a full licence – provisional entitlement with CBT is valid for two years after which CBT must be retaken.
  • More information about Driver Vehicle Licensing including CBT can be found at direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring.

Road tax, registration documents in the UK?

Electric mopeds are required to be registered with the DVLA using a V5 document but there is no Road Tax because of zero emissions. After 3 years an MOT will be required.

Insurance to ride an electric moped in the UK?

Yes. Insurance is required and we can provide insurance with our partners BIKESURE.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes you will need to wear a crash helmet to ride you scooter on the road in the UK.

What will it cost me to run / charge my electric Scooter?

Depending on who your power supplier is and what tariff you are on the cost can vary however as a guide to fully charge the battery is under 20p. An electric scooter could travel over 1,400 miles for the equivalent cost of a gallon of petrol.


Maintenance costs are normally down to consumable items such as breaks tyres and any electrical items, however we recommend service checks as with any road vehicle. (See service manual for details).

What range should I obtain from a full charge of an electric scooter?

This will vary from model to model and manufacture to manufacture, the size of the motor and all up weight of the scooter with the rider, and the correct tyre pressure being maintained. It will also depend on the terrain that you are riding over and the climate at the time the consumption of the battery and driving style. Our range starts at about 60 kilometres but can go up to 140 kilometres on the scooters we offer.

The battery?

All of our scooters are Lithium based which in our opinion are lighter and safe. Fitting these quality batterers ensures our scooters can qualify for the Governments Plug In Grant scheme.

Charging time?

This will wholly depend depend on the battery state, model and if you are charging from a domestic 13amp socket or a commercial charging station.

Batteries can take between 3 to 6 hours to fully charge, some even longer but fast chargers chargers can reduce this. Also, our models offer removable batteries meaning they can be taken in to offices, coffee shops etc to top up while out at location.

How will I know how much charge is left in the battery of an electric scooter?

A charge indicator on the display provides a view of the remaining battery charge.

Do electric scooters need to be assembled?

If you are purchasing a DECKRIDER, your electric scooter will arrive fully assembled with any options purchased. Ready to ride out of the box.

The warranty?

Electric scooters and mopeds typically come with 2 year warranty.

Models that state they are Plug-in Grant (PiMG) eligibility will have a warranty of a 2-year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty.

Spare parts and accessories for electric scooters?

We can supply a full range of spare parts for our electric scooters including replacement batteries and chargers. Please contact us with any concerns you have.

PiMG ?

The PiMG (Plug in Motorcycle Grant) – is given to the retail customer in the form of a 20% discount off the usual retail price of the Scooter or Moped. This grant is offered by and through the OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles) department of the UK government.This is to encourage the use of electric vehicles (specifically two-wheeled) in the UK, within major cities with congestion and ultra low emission zones in place. With government plans to make all major cities in the UK energy compliant, with the use of special lanes, congestion charges and electric vehicle only lanes – there has never been a better time to take advantage of the PiMG and start enjoying free road tax, free access to ULEZ and congestion charge areas along with ZERO petrol costs and the freedom of an electric scooter.

All the above is correct at the time of publishing however as a company policy we would always recommend obtaining updated information before you purchase. Thank You

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