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Ebike Laws Around the World


United States

The federal speed limit for eBikes is 20 miles per hour or less under motor power alone. The tiered classification system, adopted by many states, also specifies this speed limit. That classification sets 20 miles per hour as the legal limit for Class 1 & 2 bikes.



Canada caps ebikes to a maximum speed of 32 km/h from the motor over level ground. Licence: In many provinces, you do not need a licence to operate an eBike in Canada. an electric motor not exceeding 500 watts. no modifications to the motor to allow it to exceed a power output greater than 500 watts and an assisted speed greater than 32 km/h


The European Union

In Europe, there are several countries. Only European Union members will be covered in this article.


Pedelecs (pedal electric cycle) with a max speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). The motor output is limited to 250 Watts

S-pedelecs (speed pedelec) with a max speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). The motor output is limited to 4000 Watts



Australian regulations require that e-bikes operate on a pedal-assist system. The electric motor should only assist when the rider is pedalling. Speed Limit: The electric motor assistance is typically limited to a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour (15.5 miles per hour).


An Ending Note

The use of e-bikes is increasing. They're not going anywhere. Around the world, as more legislation restricts the use of internal combustion engines, more and more people are buying e-bikes. When using an e-bike, be sure to understand the laws and regulations in your area to reduce the risk of a ticket and increase safety.

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