California Assembly Bill 1096 became state law on January 1, 2016 and clarifies the legal questions regarding the use of electric bikes in California.
1. Defines what an “Electric Bike” is and clarifies that an e-bike is not a Motor Vehicle, Moped or Motorized Bicycle. An “electric bicycle” is a bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts.
2. Established three “Classes” of e-bikes, and where those types are allowed to be used.
The following table provides further information regarding the California Electric Bike Law referenced above:
Manufacturers and distributors are required to apply a permanent label in a prominent location to each electric bicycle that specifies which Class Number, Top Assisted Speed and the Motor Wattage.
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