- Mazovia, Poland
They are restricted to 15.5 mph (25 km/h).The irony is that Europe has all the bikes, but they are restricted to 20 mph.
What makes Bosch E-Bikes unusual is a given batch of motors is made specifically for North America, and another batch is restricted to Europe/Australia. A European 25 km/h Bosch motor cannot be switched to American 20 mph Class 1 or Canadian 32 km/h limit. Motors of some other brands can be switched between regions by the distributor, making the imports easier.Many other bike companies just import the european bikes with their smaller and less powerful motors.
Not exactly. The European 45 km/h (28 mph) e-bikes belong to a type-approved class called L1e-B, and are equipped as mopeds. These conform to the U.S. Class 3 specification, which is far less restrictive. With some other motor brands, it is enough to switch them from 25 km/h to 32 kph to make them compliant with the Canadian law, or to reset the speed limiter from 25 km/h to 28 mph to make them U.S. Class 3. That's why the same road e-bike of a certain brand will cut the motor off at 25 km/h in Europe but will be a Class 3 bike in the United States.Class 3 28mph bikes are availble and legal in some European countries. In most cases registration and insurance is requires and the bikes are not allowed on bike paths but rather confined to the roadways.
There is no doubt the Bosch Performance Speed Line motor is both L1e-B and Class 3 capable. What about the CX motor? Can it work as Class 3 in the United States?