E-bike law Note: Carry this with you in case police are not familiar with this law.
Does it require license or insurance? Our bicycles (not the EVD) are classified as Electric Bicycles in the US. This means that you can ride in bike lanes, on the road, and on sidewalks in most cities (some cities restrict bicycles from some sidewalks in some pedestrian areas). Riding an electric bike doesn't require a license, registration,
The main thing to understand is that our products follow the same rules and
laws as bicycles.
The US government passed an amendment that defines what an electric
Here is this from the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web Site:
"For the purpose of this section, the term low-speed electric bicycle
means a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and
an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a
paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an
operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph."
The act further states:
"For purposes of motor vehicle safety standards issued and enforced
pursuant to chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code, a low-speed
electric bicycle (as defined in section 38(b) of the Consumer Product
Safety Act) shall not be considered a motor vehicle as defined by section
30102(6) of title 49, United States Code. Passed the House of
Representatives March 6,
The key points here are the speed limit of 20 MPH and with fully operable
pedals. Anything other than this is a Motor Vehicle and must have a Title,
License, and Registration - AND - follow all of the safety rules that apply to
motor vehicles. This means that many products won't ever be legal to ride on
public streets. They simply won't ever pass the tough requirements set by the
Department of Transportation(DOT) and Consumers Product Safety
Commission for motor vehicles.
The US Department of transportation also has ruled on electric Bicycles and
also has the 20 mph limit.
This is our best understanding of the laws and regulations
surrounding electric bicycles. Please consult your local officials for
complete details for your area. This is NOT legal advice.