The Story Behind Speed Limits on Electric Bikes

In today's fast-paced world, electric bikes offer us a convenient way to get around, but did you know? They have speed limits! Don't expect to zoom around like a race car driver in a movie, because depending on the class, the top speed of electric bikes is usually limited to either 20 miles per hour or 28 miles per hour.

  • Class 1 electric bikes are an entry-level choice, with a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour, and the motor only provides power when you pedal.
  • Class 2 electric bikes also have a top speed of 20 miles per hour but can provide power when you use the throttle without pedaling.
  • Class 3 electric bikes, also known as "speed pedelecs," have a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour, but there may be additional restrictions in some states.

There are many factors that can affect the speed of an electric bike, including motor power, battery capacity, terrain and road conditions, rider weight and skill level, and riding mode. Exceeding the speed limit can result in fines, so it's important to follow local laws and speed limits.

Overall, the speed limits on electric bikes are in place to ensure safe riding and prevent dangerous speeding. While you may not be able to race around like in the movies, staying within the designated speed range allows you to enjoy a pleasant riding experience.