General electric bicycle’s regulations in North America
e-bikes are limited to 500 W output (in some areas it varies 750W and 1000W), and cannot travel faster than 32 km/h (20 mph) on motor power alone on level ground. Generally, they are considered vehicles (like motorcycles and pedal cycles), so are subject to the same rules of the road as regular bicycles.
All require an approved helmet. Regulations may or may not require an interlock to prevent use of power when the rider is not pedaling.
Electric bike regulations vary in different provinces or states. As an example in Canada BC To qualify as a Motor Assisted Cycle, certain conditions must be met such as:
The electric motor must be 500 watts or less and be capable of propelling the cycle no faster than 32 km/h on level ground without pedalling.
The vehicle must be equipped with a mechanism that either:
allows the driver to turn the motor on and off, or
- prevents the motor from turning on or engaging before the MAC attains a speed of 3 km/h
The motor must disengage when the operator:
stops pedalling, or
- releases the accelerator or
- applies a brake.
- The motor cannot be gas-powered.
The motor must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedalling
The vehicle must meet any other conditions in the Motor Assisted Cycle Regulation (B.C. Reg 151/2002).
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Our offered e-bikes and conversion kits can be set and customized based on various regulation constraints and it is the customer’s responsibility to maintain it street legal for the area they are using.