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Interestingly, it appears that if I wanted to, I could also ride it as a moped. In the example, 36V makes it go 23-MPH.  With 48V, it would go about 28-MPH, and have about one and a half horsepower.  As a moped, note that it does not require the bike to have pedals.  As a motorized bicycle, it IS required to have fully operable pedals.

HR-727 (Passed by the 107th Congress) defines what a “low speed electric bicycle” is. More importantly, that law states in Section”D” as follows: This section shall supersede any State law or requirement with respect to low-speed electric bicycles to the extent that such State law or requirement is more stringent than the Federal law or requirements referred to in subsection (a).”

This is truly the most fashionable of the e-bikes we’ve assembled. For a hipster-stylized, commuter workhorse, the Faraday Porteur is hard to beat. It’s fairly inexpensive—for an e-bike—at $3,499, looks sleek and streamlined, and rides smoothly. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t look like a traditional e-bike: Instead, it appears to be a singlespeed, although it features an internal eight-speed hub and a Gates belt drive for stealthy shifting. It’s an excellent commuter bike because it’s easy enough to pedal without the e-assist, but with it, you’ll zoom along without breaking a sweat. As a bonus, you can order this bike from the comfort of your own home on Faraday’s site, where you can customize the color and select accessories. If price is an issue, check out some of the more budget-friendly options like the Porteur S, which starts at $2,800. 

Add a device to control speed.  One example is a three speed switch.  Some controllers have a plug for it, or there are types that just modify the throttle signal.  If your controller comes equipped with a cycleanalyst plug, then the CA can have its speed limiting function set to 20-MPH.  Lastly, some controllers have a jumper wire that limits potential speed. In most cases this jumper wire, when connected, will result in speed a lot slower than 20-MPH. So that may not be the first choice.  However you get it done, it beats having to comply with the moped laws, particularly if you have no drivers license.

The Netherlands has a fleet of 18 million bicycles.[74] E-bikes have reached a market share of 10% by 2009, as e-bikes sales quadrupled from 40,000 units to 153,000 between 2006 and 2009,[75] and the electric-powered models represented 25% of the total bicycle sales revenue in that year.[74] By early 2010 one in every eight bicycles sold in the country is electric-powered despite the fact that on average an e-bike is three times more expensive than a regular bicycle.[70][75]

At the very least, it should be a mandate that all regulations for electric personal transportation vehicles should have to be clearly stated, in one place that is clearly labeled and easy to understand. That’s a starting point. Electric PTV users shouldn’t have to search all over federal, state & local laws to find out whether or not are being legal.

A recent report from the consulting firm eCycleElectric said that approximately 250,000 e-bikes were sold in America last year, representing 70% growth over 2015. Other estimates suggest the business could double again this year.

And let’s not forget the economic advantages of owning an e-bike. The annual cost of running a new family car is, on average, about $9,000 per year. Running an electric bike costs around $400 per year. And while filling a gas tank costs around $30, recharging an electric bike battery costs only about 50 cents. A tank of gas may get you further, but not 60 times further!

$Electric Bike-Power Bike Eco-Friendly Battery and charger are included Single Speed Electric Bike — Proudly assembled in U.S.A —AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) Non-Spillable Sealed Lead Acid Batteries —20 MPH, 28 Miles per full charge —Three riding modes: Electric mode, Electric with pedal, Pedal only Specifications: Motor: 250W, 24V Brushless Battery: AGM SLA battery 24V / 12AH Controller: Speed sensor 24V Display: Battery capacity Max Speed: Up to 20 MPH (rider weight contingent) Gear Set: Single speed Brakes: F: V-Brake R:DRUM Tires: 24″ X 1.95 W with reflector Rims: 24″ Alloy double Wall Handlebar Stem:Aluminium handlebar and stem Front Fork: Rigid steel fork Seat: Wide leather, steel seat post Frame: Steel frame size – 24″ x 18″ Pedals: Plastic with reflectors Crank Set: Steel crank sets Net weight 75lbs.

Our take on the classic Dutch city bike, the Amsterdam® is the embodiment of sophisticated elegance while providing a practical, comfortable, stylish ride for running errands or just rolling around town.

Automated Transit Networks (ATN), and the small-vehicle subset of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), are emerging technologies that can help solve the related problems of congestion, dependence on foreign oil, and planetary climate disruption. ATN/PRT offers clean, quiet, responsive public transit with automated non-stop service available 24 hours a day. In addition to these service benefits, PRT costs far less to build and operate than other transit options ¯ and is safer than walking and cycling on nearby busy streets.

This is list of the best performing, best value electric bikes for 2017 / 2018. For each category I list two models, the first recommendation is based on performance and the second is based on affordability. As you explore the list and get to know EBR, check out the ebike community forum for more personalized feedback. Share your height, weight, budget and intended use (along with bikes you like) to get advice from actual owners and moderators.