Both electric bikes and electric moped bikes are powered by electricity and provide an economical means of transportation. However, when does an electric bike become a moped? For the most part, electric bikes and electric moped bikes have plenty of similarities. However, an electric bike becomes a moped when it can use pedal assistance to boost riders above 28 mph with no throttle.
That is when an e-bike becomes a class 3 e-bike which is a moped. Since many mopeds can reach speeds well over 30 mph (and some up to 60) they are not in the same class as a standard electric e-bike. Because of this, many states require different restrictions when it comes to mopeds. While most won’t require licensing, registration, or insurance, a few will require you to at least register the moped.