As ebikes become more popular and commonplace in the United States, we understand that there might be some confusion around ebike laws throughout the country. Ebike laws vary by individual state and jurisdiction and it is a multi-layered and complex subject that can be intimidating to newcomers. As experts in the ebike industry, we want to help everyone better understand ebike laws and how it differs depending on where you live in the US. We hope to clear up some confusion with the information in this blog.
The most frequent question we get asked is:how are ebikes classified and how do they differ in each state. The first question is much easier to answer than the second one.
There are three classes of ebikes that were established by People for Bikes based on important factors such as motor, pedal assistance, wattage, and operational rules.