Everything You Need to Know About E-bikes in Vermont

E-bikes are an excellent way to significantly increase your ability to make biking a part of daily life, and are a viable option to replace some car trips with bike trips. The battery-powered motor provides just the right amount of help, and addresses several bike-related transportation barriers such as trip distance, disabilities, hills, cargo and child carrying, and more!

Thanks to partners at municipal, regional, and state levels, Local Motion provides programs and resources to spread the word about these benefits and support e-bike use in Vermont.

E-bike Promotions & Resources

Vermont E-bike Regulations

Vermont defines e-bikes using a three-tiered classification system. 


Power actuation

Assist cut-off 

Power Limit

Class 1 E-bike  

 Pedal-assist only

 20 MPH

 749 watts

Class 2 E-bike

 Throttle (usually with pedal assist)

Class 3 E-bike

 Pedal-assist only

 28 MPH


E-bikes in Vermont

X Are not considered motor vehicles

X Are not subject to registration, inspection, title, license, or financial requirements

✔ Must have fully operable pedals

✔ Are governed as bicycles under VT law (follow same rules of the road)

✔ Operators are considered vulnerable users

Regulation information is sourced from the website of the Legislature of the State of Vermont.


E-Bike Lending Libraries

Looking to try out an e-bike? See where you can find a lending library near you!