Everything you need to know!
An e-bike is a bicycle that offers electric assistance while pedaling. The motor kicks in when there is tension on the chain, and its power output varies based on the selected setting. There are versions of e-bikes that use a throttle on the handlebar.
There are laws regulating e-bikes in Ohio as of late 2018 with House Bill 250. This law requires each bike to be properly identified for its output level in 3 different classes. Class 1 & 2 is allowed on shared paths and walkways while class 3 bikes are restricted to road use only. Class 1 & 2 bikes are restricted to 20mph - 1 having pedal engaged assist while 2 uses a throttle. Class 3 is a bike limited to 28mph. There is also an age requirement of 16 years old to ride a class 3 bike. Bikes can be upgraded or down graded so long as they're then labeled with the appropriate Class tags. Get all the details about this law from the Ohio legislature Here and on BicycleRetailer.com
Kentucky doesn't appear to have any laws that specifically target e-bikes just yet. They're currently considered mopeds and are enforced as such. They don't need to be registered with the state, and they cannot exceed 30 mph. Anyone under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. Read more at Evelo.com