Legality of high power conversion kits

Hilly

Finding my (electric) wheels
Jun 12, 2019
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Hi every one,

I'm currently commuting 30miles each way some days on a Haibike Sduro. It's fun but takes too long to do every day. I was looking at getting a Pedelec with a 28mph top speed but it looks like they cost around £5k which is out of my price range.

A cheaper option would be to buy one of the high power conversion kits, buy a decent MTB (and put road tyres on it) and build it myself. my question is, assuming I get it MOT's and tax and insure it will this b legal to ride on the road as on a moped license or is there some kind of manufacturers certificate needed?

Thanks!
 

Nealh

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Legit ones in S pedelecs class will come with certificate of conformity to make registration easier, no certificate means self certificating via the SVA route.
 
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sjpt

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I think I've seen that the SVA certification costs £55, and needs to be done in Southampton. (Maybe the Southampton bit was just the least inconvenient choice for some previous poster)
 
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vfr400

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If you're going for registration, you might as well buy a petrol moped, which will be easier, cheaper, more reliable, more comfortable, have better brakes and tyres and would be faster.

 

flecc

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Hi every one,

I'm currently commuting 30miles each way some days on a Haibike Sduro. It's fun but takes too long to do every day. I was looking at getting a Pedelec with a 28mph top speed but it looks like they cost around £5k which is out of my price range.

A cheaper option would be to buy one of the high power conversion kits, buy a decent MTB (and put road tyres on it) and build it myself. my question is, assuming I get it MOT's and tax and insure it will this b legal to ride on the road as on a moped license or is there some kind of manufacturers certificate needed?

Thanks!
The do it yourself route is far from easy, a couple who've done it have said if they'd known what was involved at the outset, they wouldn't have bothered.

However, here's some links for you:

A brief account from someone who's done it.

The MSVA Manuals (Single Vehicle Approval)

SVA Fees

N.B. You need to choose the 2 wheeled option at £85, the one at £55 is only for lower speed bikes.

Registering an already approved S class bike

Even that last one with a conformity certificate isn't entirely easy.
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