The three classes are defined as follows:
- Class 1: eBikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.
- Class 2: eBikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted.
- Class 3: eBikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph.
All Biktrix models are able to be restricted to align with any classification, but must be requested at time of sale.
In Canada, each province declare the legality of electric bikes. Most of them have the following requirements to be a road-legal electric bike:
Any two- or three-wheeled bicycle that:
- is equipped with an electric assist motor that is no larger than 500 watts
- is designed to be propelled with the combination of muscular power and power assist from the electric motor
- cannot be operated at a speed of greater than 32 km/h (20 mph) on any level service
Please check with your local jurisdiction for more information.
In USA, a road-legal electric bike must meet the following requirements:
- Two or three wheels
- Fully operable pedals
- 750 watts maximum
- Maximum speed of less than 20-MPH on the motor only, on level ground, with a 170 pound rider.
State laws in USA vary widely. Please check with your local jurisdiction for more information.