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Old 06-14-2011, 03:15 PM
gobigkahuna gobigkahuna is offline
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Default Re: Motorized vs. Electric

I did a bit of homework and it appears that in the US a bicycle with an electric motor of less than 750 watts and capable of speeds less than 20 mph on flat terrain is categorized as a "slow speed electric bicycle". HR 727 covers it if you want to look it up (I tried to attach a copy but it was too big). From that point, state law varies from state to state. I searched the North Carolina DMV website and google but didn't find anything definitive on the subject so I'm going to assume the NC law follows US law and that a "slow speed electric bicycle" is not included with mopeds and scooters... unless someone else can dig up something more definitive.
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