Motorized Bike Power Rating
Rafael asked: An e-bike store owner informed me that all e-bikes sold after January 2017 must be engraved with the wattage and rating of the electric motor–looking for verification as I can not find any information on this in the Federal Register.
I am not aware of any such requirement. Please ask the store-owner to give you the quote of the law and send it to us.
In any event, I don’t think it would affect the motorized bicycle operators in Florida since the statutory requirement is not for wattage or rating of the motor, but the potential speed of the motor-driven bike, unless the intent is to insure that a motorized bicycle is not actually a moped.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(3) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride ….
The requirement could affect moped operators.
(38) Moped – Any vehicle with pedals to permit propulsion by human power, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels, with a motor rated not in excess of 2 brake horsepower and not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground and with a power-drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting gears by the operator after the drive system is engaged. If an internal combustion engine is used, the displacement may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.