I agree. The USA has a very high percentage of obesity and a throttle does not aid in shedding a few pounds. But I guess for some potential buyers using a throttle on the hills to get to a strip shopping center for lunch is a step in the right direction for a healthier lifestyle.Even though I am in the U.S., the throttle availability is a non-issue for me. I prefer the ebikes not be equipped with them. I realize they do help some shops sell ebikes to North American newbies - that are looking for something more familiar to get started.