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Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 10/8/2020 10:24:49 AM:
The United States National Parks Service (NPS) has just updated their regulations to codify electric bicycles up to 750W as legal in all national parks where bicycles are already permitted. The new regulations, posted on the National Parks Service website, move to support the decree issued by the US Secretary of the Interior last year, stating that all e-bikes should be allowed in all US national parks. This regulation does however allow individual park superintendents latitude as to where various classes of eBikes can be used within their parks.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 10/8/2020 11:39:18 AM:
750 watts! Zoinks!

GeekAtLarge from Alexandria, VA on 10/16/2020 11:37:52 AM:
750 Watts is one horsepower. That is where the cutoff comes from. It is quite easy to purchase kits to equip bikes with 1500 Watt motors, and I assume that there are even larger motors available! (Think, Electric Motorcycles.) Most ebike purchases in the USA are at 750 watts or less. According to Bosch, who make ebike motors, The three classes are defined as follows: Class 1: eBikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. Class 2: eBikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted. Class 3: eBikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph. All classes limit the motor’s power to 1 horsepower (750W).