In regard to the transport of an electric bicycle by various means of transport some aspects need to be taken into consideration: Electric bicycles weigh more than conventional bicycles and especially the accumulator raises questions. Lithium-ion accumulators are subject to laws concerning hazardous materials – important mainly for air travel.
Travelling by air with an e-bike
On flights an e-bike is usually treated like a conventional bicycle with the according regulations of the respective airline as far as costs, packaging and any registration periods are concerned. Important exception: Lithium-ion-accumulators must not be transported in passenger planes – neither in the cargo compartment nor in the passenger space.
Transporting electric bicycles by car
By now you can choose from a number a bicycle carriers for the transport of electric bicycles. These carriers can handle the higher weight of an e-bike and should therefore be preferred to carriers for conventional bikes. In order to protect the accumulator against weather conditions it should be transported in the interior of the car. The contacts of the battery are normally insensitive, but if you want to play it safe, you can cover the contacts of the accumulator and especially on the bicycle with tape. The owner of a lithium-ion accumulator is allowed to transport it without any restrictions; if a third party plans to transport it they have to follow the laws of hazardous materials in regard to packaging and labelling of the accumulator.
Transporting electric bicycles by train
Railway companies do not distinguish between conventional bicycles and e-bikes or pedelecs. As a consequence the prices are the same and electric bicycles can be transported in regional trains and trains that a labelled with a bicycle symbol.