In most of the US, electric bikes are considered bicycles and can be used in the same way as a pedal-only bicycle.
Riders should be aware of ebike rules and regulations in their area before riding. Click on a heading below to learn more about ebike regulations.
- Ebike peak power limit
- Top speed
- Throttle usage
For locations in North America where throttle use is permitted, all 2019 and earlier models have an on/off throttle button that disables the twist grip throttle to prevent accidental usage. The pedal assist system is still fully functional when the throttle is disabled.
On models released in 2020, the throttle is active when the bike is on.
Models sold in Europe are outfitted with a twist power assist mechanism in place of a throttle, to comply with local laws.
Check out our Ebike Laws Around the World blog post on The Scenic Route for more information.
In the US, ebikes typically fall into one of three classes: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.
|Class||Motor Wattage Allowance||Top Speed||Pedal Assist Allowed||Throttle Allowed|
|3||750W||28 mph||Yes||Yes (up to 20 mph)|
*Canadian models have a 500W motor, and EU models have a 250W motor (unless classified as an L1e-A ebike).
You may be able to ship your ebike using FedEx, UPS, DHL, or another freight company, or contact your airline for other shipping options.
Rad Power Bikes is unable to provide any documentation or assistance with the ebike shipping process.