I second on the Aventon.Don’t rule out the Aventon Pace. A solid bike with good component and a class 3 for under $1,400. I’m your size and it’s dry light and easy to handle.
Maybe spend a tad bit more and get the Level
The ebike landscape is moving pretty fast right now. Eurobike 2019 exploded with all kinds of new ebike tech. Eurobike 2020 in November will even be bigger. For people that may ask why I mention Eurobike, this trade show seems to be the defacto trade show for many manufacturers to show their new e-tech ideas and creations.
With all that said, the evolution of entry to mid level ebikes will be integrated battery framesets. Again, with this said, new ebike buyers may want to take closer look at ebikes with integrated batteries. Just a thought.