Electric Bike Classifications
Explore Houston on an Electric Bike
Electric bikes, also known as eBikes and pedal-assist bikes, feature lightweight rechargeable batteries that provide you with a boost while you're cycling. The state of Texas defines eBikes as an electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor of less than 750w. Electric bikes are classified as:
Class 1 eBikes
eBikes equipped with a pedal-assist only motor that go up to 20 mph (or faster speeds with the addition of human power). The pedal-assist on these bikes uses sensors to read your pedal cadence and/or how much force you are applying to the pedals. These models are great for bike paths, many public trails, and street riding.
Class 2 eBikes
Electric bikes equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle and stop when the bike reaches the speed of 20 mph. Class 2 models are throttle-assisted electric bikes, similar to a scooter or motorcycle, that go up to 20 mph. Even though they don't go as fast as Class 3 eBikes, they may be classified as motorized vehicles in some places due to their electric throttle.
Class 3 eBikes
Electric bicycles equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops when the rider stops pedaling. Class 3 models are pedal-assist electric bikes that go up to 28 mph (or faster speeds with the addition of human power). They’re the perfect vehicle for commuting or taking care of errands around town.