What Makes an E-Bike Different from a Moped or Scooter?

Electric bikes are here to change the face of personal transportation. But how do they compare to more established modes of alternative transportation like a moped or scooter? Are there any meaningful differences between the three?

Read on to find out!

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E-Bike, Moped or Scooter?

Yes, all those usually have two, and sometimes three, wheels, but are actually very different. The differences between e-bikes, mopeds, and scooters are in their legal requirements, riding styles, costs and overall benefits.


Mopeds have no pedals. They’re basically low-powered motorbikes with less than 2 horsepower and a max speed of 30 miles per hour.

Mopeds require insurance and registration, and you need a license to drive one. They’re powered either by a gas engine or a battery.


The term “scooter” refers to various different vehicles. Electric scooters are actually electric mopeds, and that’s one of the main sources of confusion in the bike industry. As with mopeds, they require insurance, license, and registration to drive legally in the US, though laws vary by state.

There also exist electric kick scooters, which are similar to conventional kick scooters but also pack an electric motor. Another type of scooter is the mobility scooter, which are designed as mobility vehicles for people with limited mobility.


So, what are e-bikes? According to the Independent: “Electric bikes offer all the benefits of a scooter, and none of the downsides”.

Electric bicycles have pedals, but also an electric motor to help riders along while riding uphill or against the wind. E-bikes don’t require license, insurance or registration to own or ride.

Moreover, electric bikes offer you an excellent cardio workout, comparable to conventional bikes, with the added benefit that you can let the motor pick up the slack when you’re tired.

Electric bikes have motors of 1 horsepower or less, and are legally allowed to go up to 20 miles per hour. Note that you can easily go faster if you pedal hard, burning more calories. Moreover, when the battery runs out, you can use your e-bike as a conventional bike with no drawbacks.

E-bikes can be easily converted as mountain e-bikes to take you off-road, while mopeds are strictly designed for city riding.

Finally, electric bicycles are considered bicycles for all intents and purposes. This means that you’re allowed to ride on bike lanes and enjoy any other benefit aimed at cyclists.

Take Your Bike to the Next Level

Whether you have a regular bike, moped or scooter, you should really look into e-bikes for all the reasons we’ve seen above. Here at Leeds Bicyclology we offer incredible kits to convert your bike into an e-bike and get all the benefits at a low price.

Check out our site for health and lifestyle tips, bike reviews and tons of articles on e-bikes that will help you make informed decisions and level up your favorite means of transportation today!