Legislation introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto exempts electric bicycles, commonly referred to as “e-bikes,” from no-fault insurance. The bill is part of a greater package to allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan bicycle trails.
“E-bikes are not motor vehicles and really shouldn’t be required to be insured under Michigan’s auto no-fault system,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “E-bikes are a great option to stay active and experience Michigan’s trails – it’s also an inclusive alternative for those with physical limitations that don’t allow a traditional bike to be a viable option.”
El-bikes differ from regular bikes in that they utilize an electrically powered motor for propulsion. They must be pedaled by the rider and therefore are not considered motorcycles. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and can travel up to 25 miles per hour, depending on the model.
Other bills in the package provide a regulatory framework for e-bike use and a proper definition of e-bikes in Michigan stature to prevent confusion and any potential disincentive to consumers that may prevent the growth of the industry.
House Bills 4781-4783 move to the House floor for consideration.