According to federal law, electric bicycles are defined as:
The term “low-speed electric bicycle” means a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable
pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose
maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a
motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20
A trike may be ridden at above the “less than 20 mph” speed limit, if the criteria of not being “solely powered by a motor of less than 750 watts” is met or if the trike is ridden downhill.
However, local state laws may and frequently do allow for vehicles above these power and speed limits.
In any case and at any power setting, the trikes we sell at Odyssey are dangerous vehicles and should be ridden with a great amount of care. Sufficient protective and safety gear is required, and those operating our products must be be fully aware that these vehicles are motorized vehicles and therein take on the risks associated with any other vehicle that may be driven on or off the road, as well as specific risks only present with the operation and service of this vehicle, which may or may not be explained.
We ship our trikes with a programmed power limit of less than one horsepower, which can be changed at user discretion in the controller’s settings. We recommend this only be done if local law allows for it, and/or if the vehicle is operated on private property.
This vehicle must be operated and maintained in accordance with all applicable laws. It is not the duty of Odyssey to look up the scope or nature of laws. The operators and users of Odyssey trikes must understand the risks, and therefore Odyssey takes on no responsibility for the operation or maintenance of these vehicles.
(1) ``Sec. 38. <<NOTE: 15 USC 2085 (b) >>
See http://www.eco-wheelz.com/electric-bike-laws.php as an additional reference for what may be allowed in your area.