Dean asked: Is an e bike with the following specs legal in the state of Florida:
500 w motor, fully operational pedals – bike can be manually operated, no pedal assist, Class 2 throttle, top speed 20 mph. The bike in question is the PRODECOTECH PHANTOM X2 V5 36V 500W 8-SPEED FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE W/ CLASS 2 TWIST THROTTLE
If it meets the definition of “bicycle” in the statutes, it can be operated on the roads like any other bicycle without a driver’s license or registration.
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, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. A person under the age of 16 may not operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.