If somebody in another state from yours tells you the bike he wants to sell you is legal for you to ride, it’s not very likely he knows all statutes that apply in every state.  Get your own information from official state websites before you start shopping.  That way, you will know what rules apply before you buy a bike that is not a “bike” in your state.  Pay particular attention to your e-bikes local status as a “motor vehicle”  “motorized vehicle” or “biclcyle”.  It will make a great deal of difference which one you are when it comes to using multi use trails and paths.

Electric bicycles are already popular in Europe and in China, which has more e-bikes than cars on its roads. Now, manufacturers are marketing e-bikes in the U.S., promoting them as a “green” alternative to driving.

Lower the voltage.  Depending on the battery, the first block or two of riding might do the trick.  If your battery drops voltage fast, you might be a lot slower than 20-MPH for 98% of your ride. I’d call that close enough if that is the case.  Or maybe I can just charge my battery to a lower voltage.  Maybe if I charge it to 40 volts instead of the normal 42V-44V, I won’t be quite so fast.  That could work if my battery still gets me going 23-MPH for too long to fudge it.

Lithium battery: 36V. Motor: 250W high speed brushless gear motors. Type: Mountain Bicycle. Front Fork: High-strength carbon steel comfort shock absorption. Tire: High quality lithium tire. Charger: Smart Lithium battery charger.

Lithium manganese batteries are used in the latest Nissan Leaf electric car. It’s claimed they generate more power and last longer. The new Leaf has double the range of its predecessor, but we’ve seen these batteries in very few (and very expensive) e-bikes so far.

A few electric bikes incorporate a technology that started in racecars: regenerative braking. When you brake, you create energy. That energy can be harvested and fed back into the battery, prolonging its life. Regenerative braking is only just being introduced to e-bikes, but it’s certainly something to watch out for.

E-bikes can be a useful part of cardiac rehabilitation programmes, since health professionals will often recommend a stationary bike be used in the early stages of these. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programmes can reduce deaths in people with coronary heart disease by around 27%;[56] and a patient may feel safer progressing from stationary bikes to e-bikes.[57] They require less cardiac exertion for those who have experienced heart problems.[58]

You might want to take a quick look at Wikipedia for a quick overview of the e-bike laws in various states, and in countries other than the USA. Bear in mind, “you can’t lie on the internet” LOL.  The summaries of the laws on the wiki are just your starting point, to get an idea what your states attitude to e-bikes is. Many other sites have edited versions of your local laws,  and many of them will be incomplete. They may not mention things like use of a helmet, needing a registration, etc.

“RCW 46.04.169) “Electric-assisted bicycle” means a bicycle with two or three wheels, a saddle, fully operative pedals for human propulsion, and an electric motor. The electric-assisted bicycle’s electric motor must have a power output of no more than one thousand watts, be incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than twenty miles per hour on level ground, and be incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the device beyond twenty miles per hour.”

The most influential definition which distinguishes which e-bikes are pedelecs and which are not, comes from the EU. From the EU directive (EN15194 standard) for motor vehicles, a bicycle is considered a pedelec if:

Not only do our Kids’ bikes look just as awesome as our adult-sized bikes, but they ride great, too. Electra’s patented Flat Foot Technology® is available on most 16″ and 20″ models, which ensures proper leg extension and no tippy-toe stops, and allows kids to focus on the enjoyment of the ride.

Yes, we offer a 24-month warranty on the battery, and an 18-month/1,800 mile warranty on the parts and frame for the 100 series e-Bikes. For the 200 series, we offer a 2 year warranty on the frame, drivetrain and battery.

Fat-tire bikes with powerful electric assist are a match made in heaven. Juiced Bikes says it’s pulled out all the stops to make its upcoming RipCurrent S “the ultimate fat tire commuter e-bike,” and for the price, it looks like the team has pulled off something pretty special.

“Traditionally, people don’t use bikes for transportation,” says Larry Pizzi, the president of Currie Technologies, a leading e-bicyle manufacturer based in Simi Valley, California. “We’re trying to change a paradigm.” There are reasons to believe that the e-bicycle industry may be able to do just that.

The industry is benefiting from improved batteries as suppliers over the years developed technology for laptops, smartphones and electric cars. In 2004, lithium ion battery prices fell low enough to be used on electric bikes, spurring European sales, according to Edward Benjamin, senior managing director at eCycleElectric Consulting.

We have continued $1,000 dollars and more off some original MSRP, on select bikes, and now also have the latest winter price adjustments. Come in for excellent prices on the best quality electric bikes. You’ll be inspired by the video–the best yet to capture the reality of e-bikes. {click the title/image to find the video}