Startup E-Bike Business in Australia: Things You Need

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Are you interested in starting a new business but don’t know the ins and outs of how it all works? Here are some quick facts about launching an e-bike business in Australia.

E-bikes are big sellers in many countries around the world, and as with any other product, there is a duty of care that must be addressed. This article will address the Australian Standard, which is different from that in other countries.

The Australian Standard / Code of Practice applies to the sale and use of e-bikes in Australia. This includes bicycles and scooters made on or after July 2000; however, it does not apply to pedal bikes, which are currently exempt from this code. On top of the safety aspect of e-bikes, there are also Size and Weight restrictions.

NSW electric bike laws

Some other new e-bike laws in NSW require that a driver’s license is held, a helmet must be worn, brake lights must be activated, and an electronic device is used to switch off the motor when you stop.

What are the requirements to start up an e-bike Business?

You must have a business name registered with ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) and register with the state’s Director of Consumer Affairs for any area you intend to sell. To do this, you need to have a Business Plan approved, and you need to have security in place.

Does the Australian Standard apply to me?

Different standards apply to different kinds of e-bikes. What you can sell and ride will depend on what kind of e-bike it is. If you know the standard number of your e-bike, you can search for it on the e-bike standards’ website.

The Australian Standard applies to the following electric bicycles:

Electric bicycle (Class A)

Electric bicycle (Class B1)

Electric bicycle (Class B2)

In order to meet the Standard, e-bikes must have the following features:

The battery must be 80% charged to work for at least 30 minutes. The controller should not allow its output to exceed 25W. The motor can’t be more than 1,000W, and it cannot exceed 30% power input to the motor. The motor should have a security device.

What do I need to do before I sell an e-bike?

Well, some important documents need to be completed, and these include:

You will need an invoice if you sell an electric bicycle or scooter. You will also need a dated receipt if you sell your electric bicycle between one and 12 months after purchase. This is because you must have written notice of the purchase date. You will be charged a level three fine if you don’t have this.

You also need to make sure that you comply with the NSW electric bike laws, so remember to display the following in your store: In order to ride this bicycle, the rider must have a bicycle helmet with an Australian Standards sticker, a driver’s license and their bicycle must be registered. There are electric bikes that do not require registration, but the warning must still be displayed.


By following the Australian standards for e-bikes, you are complying with the law in NSW. If you need help in this area of business, you will be able to contact several different businesses that can point you in the right direction.

About Carson Derrow

My name is Carson Derrow I'm an entrepreneur, professional blogger, and marketer from Arkansas. I've been writing for startups and small businesses since 2012. I share the latest business news, tools, resources, and marketing tips to help startups and small businesses to grow their business.