UK’s largest bicycle manufacturer Brompton announced today (April 11) the launch of the first run of their electric bicycle in Singapore.
Called the Brompton Electric, it is a compact, foldable electric bike that will allow cyclists to use less effort when pedalling.
It folds to a third of its size and is dubbed “one of the lightest e-bikes in the market”, weighing at only 15.53kg.
Retailing from S$5,900, the Brompton Electric comes with a lightweight battery pack that can be easily removed and fully charged in four hours.
This launch is part of Brompton’s ambition to transform personal travel in Singapore, and comes amid increased popularity for cycling as Singapore transitions to cleaner transportation modes.
Will-Butler Adams OBE, CEO of Brompton, stated that cities are now changing, and Singapore is no exception.
“We believe we have created a product that will inspire more people to get out and back onto a bike. With the Electric, you feel you have the wind behind you all day, it is so much fun and a bit cheeky as you whizz down Changi’s Jurassic Mile and arrive anywhere raring to go.”
“We hope this will resonate with the growing community who are interested in cycling, while also laying the foundations for our future product development,” he said.
What you need to know about e-bikes in Singapore
Electric bikes (or e-bikes) are legal in Singapore, and can be used on roads, Park Connector Networks, cycling paths, and shared paths. However, they are not allowed on pedestrian pathways.
Since the start of the year, riders of electric bicycles are required to pass an online theory test before they are able to ride on cycling paths and roads. The regulation is intended to improve awareness of active mobility rules, codes of conduct, and safe riding practices.
Riders must also be at least 16 years of age, and helmets are mandatory for riders as well. There is also a speed limit of 25km/h for e-bikes.
In addition, all electric bicycle models sold and used in Singapore must be approved by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA). It must bear LTA’s orange seal, as well as a registration plate.
LTA has also stated that modifications to the bike itself are illegal, and riders found in violation can be fined or jailed.
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Featured Image Credit: Brompton