Looking for an adult electric tricycle?
You’ve come to the right place. We like to to road-test an electric tricycle for the magazine before recommending it. But with so many available, our recommendations are sometimes based on spec and price, rather than experience.
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Electric Tricycles and the Law
Electrically-assisted tricycles can be ridden by anyone aged 14 or over, provided the bicycle weighs 40kg or less (60kg for a tandem or tricycle), has pedals, a motor of less than 200 watts continuous output (250 watts for a tandem or tricycle), and a top speed of less than 15mph. However, the situation is currently a bit confused – see Legislation Update
Pedelecs are definitely legal (these only work when you pedal). Hybrid (switchable between pedelec and twistgrip throttle) or E-Bike (twistgrip only) are 100% legal if built before January 2016, and remained legal to buy from old stock after this date, so there are still a few about.
In practise, the police have plenty of bigger things to think about in these difficult times. There are thousands of older models in circulation and no easy way to judge the age, so our advice is don’t worry too much.
The battery guarantee is the most important thing to look for, particularly with the bigger batteries, which can cost more than some of the cheaper bikes. Be wary of any odd stipulations, because there are many loopholes a manufacturer can use to refuse to honour a battery guarantee. Where the warranty is marked with a question mark, the manufacturer does not provide clear guidance, but you have certain statutory rights.
As a guide, a 24 month battery guarantee is now the norm, but unless the battery has actually failed, you’ll have problems measuring how weak it is, because voltage and capacity are imprecise things, so it’s often your word against the dealers. More expensive bikes have diagnostic plug-ins, proving battery condition, and lifetime usage. This should settle warranty disputes.
We used to list battery chemistry, but pretty well everything is Lithium-ion now. A shame, because the heavier lead-acid batteries suited tricycles quite well, and were VERY cheap to replace
Friction: Direct drive to tyre
Front/Rear Hub: Hub motor
Front/Rear Chain: Separate chain drive
Crank Drive: Crank-mounted motor
Transmission Drive: Motor is situated somewhere between the pedal crank and wheels
The trikes we recommend are marked in bold
Electric Trike Prices (UK)
|Make||Model1||Control / Drive||Battery Capacity||Updated
|Jorvik||24-inch||Front Hub||374Wh||Dec 17||£1090||Great value, stylish and well-equipped. Also 20″ and 26″
|Batribike||Trike 20||Front Hub||374Wh||Dec 17||£1399||Good solid machine, and the 3-speed hub is a big plus|
|Mission||Space Genie||Front Hub||396Wh||Dec 17||£1399||FOLDING. Fitted with Conv-E front hub motor. 20 or 24-inch|
|Mission||E-Mission 24-inch||Front Hub||374Wh||Dec 17||£1400|
|Jorvik||Folding 24inch||Crank Drive||374Wh||Dec 17||£1859||FOLDING. Not quite Di Blasi-size, but better than nothing. Also 20″ and 26″
|Cargo Bike Co||Tamar Cargo Trike||Rear Hub||360Wh||Dec 17||£1890||‘Bakfiets’ layout doesn’t suit everyone and a big price increase
|Powabyke||Powatryke Cruiser 20″ or 24″ wheel||Front Hub||324Wh||Dec 17||£1499||Ultra-low step-thru might appeal
|Di Blasi||R34 20-inch||Rear Chain Drive||204Wh||Dec 17||£2680||FOLDING More or less unique
|Maxpro||EcoTaxi + EcoDrive||Transmission Drive||528Wh||Dec 17||£4200||–|
|HP||Velotechnik Scorpion fs26||Gearless Rear Hub||558Wh||Dec 17||c£5000||28mph and 500-watts – dead cool wheels, but illegal-ish for UK
|Cycles Maximus||Cargo Van or Media Trike + CM TractionDrive||Ebike||864Wh||La||POA||–|
|Cycles Maximus||Cab Trike + CM TractionDrive||Ebike||864Wh||La||POA||–|
Electric Trike Manufacturers or UK distributors
Some of these companies only stock trikes occasionally, or have shown willingness in the past to adapt existing trikes. The comments relate to our own experience with manufacturers or distributors. As a general rule, a company that supplies a good product can afford to be open and helpful with the press, and will give good service and back-up. The others are something of an unknown quantity, but if you think we’ve been unfair, do let us know.
For a global list go to Electric Bike Manufacturers Worldwide
No exclusive products, but a good contact for trikes
MTF Enterprises, PO Box 335, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 9DS
tel: 01892 515110
Electric Tricycle Battery Refurbishment
A few specialists exist, but not many that know electric bikes. We keep coming back to BatteryBay of Cannock, West Midlands