Due to the fact that electric bicycles are still a relatively new concept in the US, there is a lot of confusion about how the law views them. E-bikes are treated as regular bicycles under federal law, provided they meet two conditions: (1) a top speed of 20 miles per hour in "electric-only" mode; and (2) a motor that does not exceed 750W.
Both of these federal requirements are met by Hovsco electric bikes. We have limited the top speed in "electric-only" mode to 20 mph, but you can certainly pedal the bike faster if you prefer. The motors are rated at 250W, well within federal limits.
As a result, e-bikes do not require special registration, licenses, or insurance. In addition, they are allowed to ride on bike lanes just like regular bicycles.
Nevertheless, different states have their own specific requirements regarding the use of e-bikes. Most follow federal guidelines, but some do not. To learn more about how e-bikes work in your state, contact us and we'll point you in the right direction. Despite not being specifically required by law, we recommend the use of a helmet as well as lights and reflectors.
For specific driving regulations for electric bicycles in each state, please refer to this article: Electric Bike Laws and Regulations By State