There are three class types of electric bikes. We break down their differences, discuss which class are Hovsco Bikes, and why it matters.
What Is the Difference Between Ebike Classes?
Based on their basic functionality, electric bikes are classified into different categories similar to motorcycles. According to a model ebike law that most states have adopted as the basis of their state regulatory system, there are three types of ebikes:
- Class 1: Pedal-assist only; motor provides assistance all the way up to 20 mph.
- Class 2: Pedal-assist or throttle; motor provides assistance all the way up to 20 mph.
- Class 3: Pedal assist only; motor provides assistance all the way up to 28 mph.
A Class 1 bike requires riders to pedal (pedal-assist) in order for the motor to work. Riders in Class 2 can either pedal or engage the throttle for peddle-free cruising. Class 3 cyclists can pedal or cruise up to 20 mph, but must pedal up to 28 mph.
Are ebikes even faster? Yes, technically. However, Class 1 and 2 motors shut off at 20 mph, while Class 3 motors shut off at 28 mph. Additional speed is gained by increasing rider power and/or decreasing elevation (riding downhill).
What Class Are Hovsco Ebikes?
Class 2 ebikes are designed by Hovsco Bikes. It was one of the first companies to pioneer the combination of a throttle and pedal assist in 2007. Hovsco considers many factors when designing a safe, reliable, and enjoyable transportation solution: federal and local laws, bike usage, technology, and rider experience. 750 watts of power for Class 2 ebikes.
Can Ebike Riding Be Illegal?
CEO Redwood Stephens explains that the decision to design Class 2 isn't an easy one, and it influences every bike Hovsco develops. Firstly, Hovsco creates ebikes in compliance with CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) regulations for ebike safety requirements. The regulations specify the limits for motor power and the maximum speed a bike can operate when powered exclusively by a motor.
Additionally, Hovsco Bikes are designed so our riders are assured that their ride is legal on most roads and bike paths, according to state laws. "We design our bikes to be safe, and compliant with the law," explains Stephens. Many types of bike infrastructure do not permit ebikes with motors that provide assistance at or above 20 mph. Beyond those state and local restrictions, you might be violating traffic laws, and you might have to pay licensing fees.
It's crucial you check your local laws in the rare case a road or path doesn't yet follow the model ebike laws that treat Class 2 ebikes the same as traditional bikes. After all, what good is a bike if you can't ride it?
About That Need for Speed
Hovsco Ebikes are Class 2 ebikes that can not only perform well up to 20 mph (the speed at which the bike's motor shuts off), but also accommodate additional speed when riding downhill. Some ebike brands, however, are focusing on Class 3.
Safety and Technology
Hovsco's choice to focus on building the best Class 2 ebikes comes down to building ebikes that not only travel at safe speeds, but also meet and exceed rider expectations every day. To ensure bike trails and paths are accessible to all, safety is paramount. Class 2 standards ensure that we are meeting that goal. Furthermore, a Class 2 ebike is designed to meet all your needs when you are electric biking with kids, passengers, or just for fun and fitness.
Having a Class 2 designation, Hovsco engineers create that perfect balance between cost, quality, and safety - ensuring you get a safe and reliable ebike with high-quality parts, legal to ride in most places, and at an incredible price.
Back to the Good Stuff
Are you ready to feel the wind in your hair on your ebike? Great. Hovsco Ebikes is committed to making all riders smile. In order to keep the grins on our riders' faces, we design our bikes to be as safe as possible. For us, that means Class 2 electric bikes. Learn more about ebike laws in your state and around the world by reading our blog.
This article is not a definitive or absolute source of ebike laws in your area. It is not intended to be legal advice. Ebike laws are always changing, so please check your local laws before riding to make sure you are riding legally and safely.