Determining Electric Bike Battery Ranges
Without a doubt, the number one question we get asked about our Bakcou eBikes is “How far can I ride on a single charge?”, and to be completely honest, there isn’t a simple answer. The range of your Bakcou eBike, or any eBike for that matter, varies from rider to rider. When you see eBikes advertised as having a certain range, those ranges are usually inaccurate and sometimes quite exaggerated. It’s extremely difficult to estimate the range of your eBike because so many factors depend on the individual rider and the riding conditions.
Some of the factors that influence the range of your Bakcou eBike include the rider weight, the level of pedal assist the rider is using, how much the rider is using the throttle, the terrain, the speed, weather conditions, and towing weight, just to name a few.
How Do I Determine My Electric Bike Range?
Before we start, it’s important to note that motor power only impacts how fast you can pull off and how well you can get up hills. Motor power doesn’t impact how far you can go. The battery capacity is the most important variable in determining the electric bike range.
At Bakcou, we measure our battery capacity in Amp-hours (Ah). To calculate your eBike range, you will want to calculate the Watt hours (Wh) capacity of your battery. The formula to calculate Watt-hours is Watt-hours=Amp-hours X volts.
- Bike A has a 24V. 20Ah battery: 24V x 20Ah = 480Wh
- Bike B has a 48V. 10Ah battery: 48V x 10Ah = 480Wh
- Bike C has a 24V. 6Ah battery: 24V x 6Ah = 144Wh
Bikes A B have the same amount of energy, and with equal motors and riders they would perform very similarly. Bike B with the higher voltage will accelerate faster and climb better but at the expense of some of that energy. On the flip side, Bike C will not take you nearly as far.
So, Which is Better?
If you’re looking for an eBike that accelerates fast, climbs well, and can travel long distances on a single charge,the best option is to purchase a battery that has high voltage AND high amp-hours. A battery with high voltage and low amp-hours will shorten the distance you can travel on a single charge.
At Bakcou, our eBike batteries are all 48V and available in a few different amp-hour options. We’re proud to offer the BIGGEST eBike battery on the market in our 25ah/1200wh battery. This gives you great acceleration and climbing power and the high value amp-hour options give you the ability to go further.
Finally, it’s important to also take the type of motor you are buying into consideration when you are looking at eBike ranges. There are good arguments to be made that mid-drive motors get a better range than the hub-drive motor counterparts because they work synergistically with the gears. At Bakcou, the Storm, Storm Jäger, Mule, and Scout are all available with a mid-drive motor.
We hope you find this information useful as you research and weigh your options for purchasing an electric bike. At Bakcou, in addition to having best-in-class customer service and eBikes built to handle their demands, we pride ourselves on offering the biggest electric bike battery available on the market for Lithium-ion batteries.
If you have any questions regarding eBikes, eBike batteries, or Bakcou eBikes and scooters in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be more than happy to help!
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How far can you ride an e-bike on a single charge?
A common concern for people considering an electric vehicle. whether an electric bike or an electric car. is running out of charge and being stranded and unable to get home. That’s pretty unlikely on an e-bike though.
You’ll get more than the theoretical range
The theoretical range of an e-bike is determined by the size of its battery and the power output of its motor. E-bike batteries typically start at around 250 watt-hours capacity and most e-bike motors are rated at 250 watts. So in theory in this case, if your motor was running at full power, it would drain your battery in an hour.
That’s enough time to cover up to 15 miles/24km, depending on how fast you ride. But in practice, there are good reasons why your range will be a lot greater than this.
First, your e-bike motor will only work when you’re pedalling and will add extra power depending on how much effort you are putting in. It does this by measuring your power output and adjusting its own input to match.
That means that the motor is usually not working at its full capacity. Ride at over 15.5mph/25kph (or in the USA 20mph) and by law the motor must cut out completely. So it’s likely that for at least some of your ride the motor won’t be working at all, saving your battery.
Second, all e-bikes let you choose your assistance level. Dial it down on the flat and you’ll save battery. You can then up the assistance level when you get to an uphill, to help you reach the top. Such judicious use of the available assistance levels will increase range considerably.
Where you ride will affect your range
How much range you get will depend on your fitness level and ability to provide your own motive power. It’s also determined by where you’re riding. more hills will drain the battery quicker than a flat ride. and other factors like your weight and how windy it is.
It’s worth noting too that you won’t lose charge when you’re stationary, so you won’t come back to a flat battery if you stop during a ride or even overnight.
A typical rider on a typical e-bike might expect somewhere around 60 miles/100km of range. That will be lower for some city and folding electric bikes, which often have smaller batteries to save weight.
Electric mountain bikes and some electric gravel bikes designed for off-road riding, like the Cannondale Topstone Neo Lefty, have more powerful motors and weigh a bit more than a hybrid or road electric bike, so their range will be correspondingly less, although they may have a larger battery to compensate.
Which brings us onto another option to increase your range: many electric bikes will allow you to fit an additional range extender battery. This typically sits in or replaces a bottle cage and will usually almost double the battery capacity and available range. This might increase available range to well over 100 miles/160km.
An electric bike will have a way to let you keep an eye on your charge level. Often that’s a bar-mounted display unit paired with the assistance level selector, but even in the most pared down systems like the popular Mahle ebikemotion motor, there’s a light that indicates residual charge level.
Once you get home, hook your e-bike up to the mains and it will be fully recharged in a few hours, ready for your next excursion. There’s minimal degradation in battery capacity over hundreds of charge cycles, so your e-bike shouldn’t lose significant range over time.
Many e-bikes have removable batteries, so there’s the option to keep a spare battery too, although these can be quite pricey to buy.
Plenty of tools to help
Almost all e-bike systems come with a companion smartphone app, which can be used to monitor charge level and range and often provides a lot of other battery management and navigation functionality. Many e-bikes have the option to mount your phone on your bars, so you can use the app as you ride.
Some e-bikes are even smarter. Tell Specialized’s Mission Control app how far or how long you want to ride and it will adjust the assistance level to ensure that you’ll have the range to get you home. The Mahle system gives you the option to control assistance level based on your heart rate, so you’ll only get maximum power from the motor when you’re working your hardest.
If you do find that your charge is beginning to run low, you can extend your range to make sure that you can get home by selecting a lower assistance level. You can even switch the motor off completely and ride unassisted, saving battery capacity for any hills you encounter later in your ride.
And with most e-bike systems, there’s minimal drag from the motor if you do ride with it switched off or if your battery were to go flat completely. An e-bike will weigh more than a conventional pedalled bike and there may be more rolling resistance if it has fatter tyres, but you should still be able to ride it home.
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Longest Range E-Bikes of 2023: Which E-Bikes Can Go Farthest?
Electric power transforms the capability of bicycles, expanding the scope of uses and presenting new opportunities.
One of the key traits of an e-bike is the distance it can go while providing support. A long-range electric bike gives you more freedom and makes for a more capable machine.
However, bigger isn’t always better, as bigger batteries and efficient motors are more expensive, so it’s important to find the right balance.
This article starts with a short overview of the factors affecting range and follows with a review of nine of the best long-range electric bikes available in 2023.
How to Estimate Your E-Bike Range?
Using a short back-of-the-envelope calculation, you can get a rough estimate of the range you can expect from an electric bike. First, though, you need to know which figures to use.
- Volts (V): The force of the electric flow from the battery to the motor.
- Amp-Hours (Ah): A battery’s total capacity.
- Watt-Hours (Wh): The product of multiplying voltage and Ah. The total energy stored in a battery.
- Watts (W): The measurement of a motor’s power. The product of multiplying torque and speed.
Now that we know what to look for, we can begin the calculation. Take the Juiced HyperScrambler 2 with two 19.2Ah, 52V batteries, and a 1000W motor as an example. First, find the Wh rating by multiplying Ah and V.
Juiced Bikes HyperScrambler 2 52V 19.2 Ah battery pack. (Source: juicedbikes.com)
With 1996Wh of energy, you could run the 1000W motor at max power (throttle only) for two hours. However, if it’s set at the Class 3 pedal-assist limit of 750W, it will last longer. To calculate, divide Wh by the sustained power output.
Let’s assume we want to travel at roughly 23 mph on average. We can calculate how many miles we will get at that speed by multiplying the hours (decimal version) by that speed.
Note that this estimation doesn’t factor in any of the external variables listed in the next section, each of which affects the expected range.
The best way to accurately determine how much range to expect is to test the bike in the typical conditions you ride. So, we recommend only using the manufacturer-stated range as a rough estimate of what to expect.
Refer to our electric bike range guide for a more in-depth analysis of how far an ebike can actually go on a single charge and how to calculate your ebike’s real-world range.
What Factors Affect E-Bike’s Range?
As you’ll see from the list below, many factors contribute to the average and maximum expected range of an e-bike. For this reason, it’s extremely difficult to calculate accurately, and it varies from ride to ride.
When manufacturers state a max range, they usually base it on a 170 to 180-lb individual riding on flat terrain in ideal conditions in the lowest pedal assistance (PAS) mode.
Battery Capacity: An e-bike’s Watt-hour (Wh) rating is the most important measurement for gauging capacity. It provides the first clue about how much range a bike will have. A higher Wh rating means more range, assuming the bicycle is the same. Therefore, most dual battery ebikes have very high range estimates.
Motor Type, Efficiency, and Power: Mid-drive motors use energy more efficiently than hub drives, but some brands and models are more efficient than others. Higher-end motors are generally more efficient and get more mileage per watt-hour. In contrast, higher power and torque ratings indicate lower max ranges.
System Voltage (V): The voltage rating of an e-bike system tells how much energy can flow between the battery and motor. As a result, higher voltage systems use energy faster and get lower average ranges.
Ebike display showing current power consumption statistics. (Source: juicedbikes.com)
Assistance Level and Throttle: When riding, the choice of PAS level will determine how quickly the battery drains, more assistance equals less distance. Likewise, using the throttle will drastically decrease the expected range as you rely solely on the motor.
Type of Bike and Components: Some bike styles are more efficient than others. The geometry, tire width and tread, and shape of the tubing all impact how much range you will get. For example, an electric road bike with 28mm slick tires and aerodynamic geometry and tubing will get more range than one with endurance geometry and 35mm treaded gravel tires.
Weight: Ebike Weight (bike, rider, and cargo) plays an important role in range, especially when riding up hills. The higher the weight, the more power is needed to ride at a given speed. In addition, the effect of weight increases exponentially as the gradient increases, so heavier riders will see bigger reductions in the expected range.
Elevation Gain: Riding uphill is the most energy-demanding part of cycling. The more elevation gain you have in your rides, the lower the range you will get. As mentioned, the effect is compounded if you are heavy or carrying cargo.
Terrain: The surface you ride on impacts how much range you can expect. Smooth pavement requires less power to go at a given speed than rough gravel, grass, or dirt trails.
Temperature: An extremely low or high ambient temperature can significantly reduce the range of an electric bike. Below freezing or above 100 degrees, you will see significant battery performance degradation.
Longest Range Ebikes in 2023
Tern GSD S10
Longest-Range Electric Bike of 2023 (121 miles)
- Motor: 250W Bosch Cargo Line Motor, 85Nm
- Battery: 400Wh
- Range: 26-53 (single battery) / 121 miles (dual battery)
- Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 10-speed
- Max Load: 440 lbs
The Tern GSD S10 has a unique combination of features. It’s a folding cargo bike and the longest-range eBike on the list, but this comes at a premium price.
Firstly, you get an intelligently-engineered aluminum frame with folding handlebars, a telescoping seatpost, and the ability to park vertically, reducing the GSD S10’s footprint to that of a potted plant.
Tern chose a Bosch electric bike system with a 400Wh battery and capacity for another 500Wh unit. These pair with a Cargo Line 85Nm motor that can handle a fully loaded 440-lb payload. The highest range you can expect with two batteries is 121 miles and 53 miles with the 400Wh battery alone.
The groupset comprises a set of Magura MT5 four-piston hydraulic disc brakes and a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain. These are reliable and consistent components.
Other notable features include an integrated wheel lock, puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires, powerful lights, an extra-long rack that can fit two kids’ seats, and a locking kickstand. Unfortunately, the small 20″ wheels mean this isn’t the most comfortable e-bike, but they make the bike sit low which means you can easily load and unload cargo from the rear rack.
Choose the Tern GSD S10 if you’re in the market for the eBike with the longest range and a practical cargo-carrying build.
Juiced HyperScrambler 2
100-Mile Max Range
- Motor: 1000W Bafang hub, 90Nm
- Battery: 2x 998Wh (1996Wh total)
- Range: 100 miles
- Drivetrain: MicroSHIFT 8-speed
- Max Load: 275 lbs
Juiced Bikes’ HyperScrambler 2 is another dual-battery long-range electric bike designed for the thrill-seeking rider.
This moped-style machine comes with a whopping 1996Wh of battery capacity and an electric bike range of 100 miles. That said, if you’re getting the most enjoyment from this bike, expect closer to 60 miles with the two batteries.
When unlocked, the 1000W (2000W peak) motor can reach speeds up to 34 mph and easily cruise up steep hills. Take advantage of the 20 mph throttle to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Unsurprisingly, the HyperScrambler is weighty, at 119 lbs, making it one of the heaviest on the market and closer to the weight of an actual moped.
It has enormous 4.25″ puncture-resistant fat tires on 20″ wheels, a full moped setup including lights, indicators, mirrors, and a horn. In addition, you get an 8-speed MicroSHIFT drivetrain and dual suspension.
Consider the HyperScrambler 2 if you want a high-performance moped eBike with an excellent range.
100-Mile Max Range
Lectric is an up-and-coming e-bike brand specializing in affordable folding models fully equipped for urban riding and commuting.
Lectric XPremium is the longest-range electric bike under 2,000, sold with two 500Wh batteries that return up to 100 miles of range thanks to the efficient Truckrun 500W mid-drive motor.
As an entry-level model, most of the components are basic. You get Shimano’s lowest-tier Tourney drivetrain, Zoom hydraulic disc brakes, and Chaoyang 4″ fat tires, none of which will blow you away.
The frame is also heavy but sturdy and folds quickly into a small package for storage. However, at 82 lbs, don’t expect to carry this e-bike too far.
Other notable features include a 55-lb capacity rear rack, LED lights, fenders, and 80mm fork suspension, creating a well-rounded urban e-bike with all-terrain capabilities.
Add the Lectric XPremium to your shortlist if you’re in the market for a 100-mile-range e-bike with a folding frame and an unbeatable price.
80-Mile Max Range
The Blix Dubbel is a long-distance electric bike designed to be a practical option to replace the car for urban riding and commuting.
Blix chose a large motor and dual battery capacity to ensure you’re not limited by range or power. As a result, the Dubbel can achieve up to 80 miles and tackle most hills in the city while loaded.
A tidy aluminum frame comes with Blix’s modular accessory compatibility to enhance functionality. In addition, it has plush 3.3″ Kenda tires and a steel fork to take the edge off bumpy roads.
The frame geometry and weight distribution of electronics are balanced for stability and comfort in urban environments.
Unfortunately, this bike is heavy at 78lb. However, Zoom hydraulic disc brakes and an 8-speed microSHIFT drivetrain provide plenty of stopping power and gearing range.
Don’t look past the Blix Dubbel if you want a versatile urban e-bike with a solid range.
Gazelle Ultimate C380 E-Bike
70-Mile Max Range
- Motor: 250W Bosch Performance Line 3.0, 65Nm
- Battery: 500Wh
- Range: 70 miles
- Drivetrain: Gates Carbon belt and Enviolo Trekking hub
- Max Load: 285 lbs
The Gazelle Ultimate C380 is a premium Dutch-style urban e-bike with a solid max range and high-quality components and design.
This model is equipped with a Bosch Performance Line 3.0 65Nm motor and 500Wh battery, capable of lasting up to 70 miles on Eco mode. The top speed is fixed at the Class 2 limit of 20mph.
The geometry of the C380 low-step balances the comfort and sporty performance typical of Gazelle’s Ultimate family. The 40mm headset-integrated suspension, 1.75″ puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires, and ergonomic touchpoints make this bike a joy to ride for long distances.
A highlight of this bike is the Gates Carbon belt drive and Enviolo Trekking hub with a 380% gearing range. This setup is efficient, maintenance-free, and intuitive to use.
Other features of this long-distance e-bike include powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, an integrated rear wheel lock, lights, fenders, and a pannier rack.
Consider the Gazelle Ultimate C380 if you want a premium belt-drive urban e-bike with a solid max range.
Benno RemiDemi 10D
75-Mile Max Range
- Motor: 250W Bosch Performance Line 3.0, 65Nm
- Battery: 400Wh
- Range: 75 miles
- Drivetrain: Shimano Sora 9-speed
- Max Load: 400 lbs
Cargo specialist Benno produces a variety of long-range electric bikes for carrying heavy loads up to 400 lbs.
The RemiDemi 10D is the brand’s compact model with a convenient low-step frame and 20″ wheels but the same performance. The 4.25″ Duro fat tires give the RemiDemi tons of traction and remove the need for heavy suspension components.
Benno chose a Bosch Performance Line 65Nm motor and 400Wh battery that returns from 25 to 75 miles of range depending on usage. Unfortunately, the compact charger means it takes 6.5 hours to charge fully.
The long rear rack and mounts for a front rack allow you to maximize the enormous payload capacity. A Shimano Acera/Sora 9-speed drivetrain and MT200 hydraulic disc brakes work well and are reliable for this style of bike.
Choose the Benno RemiDemi 10D if you need a long-range, high-capacity cargo e-bike to replace your car or make urban living more convenient.
Gazelle Medeo T10
70-Mile Max Range
Gazelle’s Medeo T10 is a cheaper alternative to the Ultimate C380, with sportier geometry and a more responsive ride feel.
This model gets the same electronics as the C380, Bosch’s Performance Line 65Nm motor and 500Wh battery pack, and has a similar range of 70 miles.
The responsiveness and aerodynamic ride position make this bike more enjoyable to ride at lower PAS levels. Likewise, a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain provides tons of gearing range for varied gradients, and the relatively low 50-lb weight is easier to maneuver.
This model has two-piston hydraulic disc brakes, 50mm of fork travel, and 2″ Schwalbe Big Apple tires to provide control and comfort on varied surfaces. Other notable features include bright lights, a rear rack, fenders, and a Dutch-style rear wheel lock.
Don’t miss out on this Gazelle electric bike long-range beast if you want the brand’s renowned reliability at a more affordable price.
Cannondale Adventure Neo 4
64-Mile Max Range
The Cannondale Adventure Neo 4 step-through isn’t the longest-range electric bike on the list, but it’s solid for the e-cruiser category, which typically has lower max ranges.
A low-step frame, upright geometry, swept-back handlebars, and 2.2″ balloon tires give the Adventure Neo a plush ride quality that’s comfortable for many hours. Unfortunately, this bike doesn’t have extras like a rack, fenders, or light, so commuters will need to add them.
With an efficient Bosch Active Line 50Nm motor and 400Wh battery combination, you can get up to 64 miles of range. The Shimano Altus 9-speed groupset isn’t very smooth for this price but has enough range for varied gradients. In addition, MT200 hydraulic discs allow you to stop safely in all weather conditions.
If you want unbeatable comfort in a sleek design, consider the Cannondale Adventure Neo 4.
60-Mile Max Range
Aventon’s Aventure.2 is the brand’s most versatile model and one of the cheapest long-range electric bikes on the market.
This e-bike has a powerful 750W motor that runs off a 720Wh battery. This combination can last up to 60 miles on Eco mode using the 8-speed Shimano Altus derailleur. With the throttle alone, the Aventure.2 has a 30-mile range.
An impressive feature of this bike is the torque sensor Aventon added to the motor, creating a much smoother ride quality than typical hub-drive systems.
A set of 4″ fat tires, 80mm of fork suspension, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes give this bike its capabilities on off-road terrain. That said, the 77-lb weight and low-end suspension mean you should avoid aggressive trails.
Finally, the Aventure.2 has a rear rack, fenders, and integrated lights, so it performs well as a trekking or commuter e-bike.
Add this affordable long-range e-bike to your shortlist if you have a limited budget and want all-terrain capabilities.
What is E-bike Range on Single Charge? How Far Can E-Bikes Go?
An electric bike’s range basically means how far can it ride on one charge. There are many aspects that define how far an electric bike can ride. Surprisingly, most of them have to do with how you ride than with the e-bike’s specifications.
How far can electric bikes go? Currently, the longest range electric bicycles can reach is 350-400 km on one charge. Such e-bikes are usually powered by 3kW batteries. Standard e-bikes with 400-500W batteries would ride up to 100-120 km on one charge. Simple city e-bikes would normally run 50-60 km on a single charge.
Of course, the better the battery, the wider the range of hours the e-bike will ride on one charge. At the same time, external factors also have a lot to do with the riding range. After reading this article, you will understand why sometimes your battery could drain much faster.
And if you don’t have an e-bike yet, now you will likely to want one. E-bikes are one of the fastest and safest transportation methods at the moment. They also offer you hours of fun and exercise.
Factors that affect how far an e-bike can go
How far can an electric bike go is quite a common question, for new owners and some experienced ones.
Usually, the box where your e-bike first came from says how far can they go with just one charge. It’s not an exact number because that’s not taking into consideration how you ride, where you ride, and how much you pedal.
- How hard you are pedaling and at what speed you are going;
- The level of assistance you are using (if any);
- How much you weigh and if you carry extra luggage;
- How many times you stop and start;
- If you have to face constant hills or flat terrains;
- The weather (usually sunny days offer 15% more range than rainy ones);
- The tire’s pressure (soft tires are always less efficient);
- How heavy the e-bike’s motor and battery are;
- The type of battery you are using.
As we mentioned above, many considerations don’t really depend only on the e-bike’s features per se. But you should also consider the main aspects of the electric bike, like what it was designed for originally.
Not all e-bikes are designed the same
Not all e-bikes are manufactured for the same purpose. Essentially, they are supposed to take to us from one point to another. And the way they were assembled tells us much more.
For example, electric bikes with fat tires are meant to be used on terrains with dirt, snow, or sand. The thick tires are supposed to help you go through mud and other difficult surfaces.
Meanwhile, thin tires are meant to give you speed and balance in urban scenarios. These ones are the ones with the longest range because they are lighter than the other models. This essentially reduces the amount of weight the e-bike has to carry around.
On a weekend city ride a regular electric bike can reach up to 50 km, if you are on an open road, it can reach 80 km. But if you take it to the mountains, the same e-bike will be able to reach only up to 25 km.
Of course, the faster the e-bike goes, the faster the battery will drain. And, the harder the terrain is, the faster it will drain too.
Usually, the battery capacity of an electric bike is expressed in amp-hrs. We should really be looking at watt-hrs to understand the range of an e-bike.
Watts are the result of multiplying voltage and capacity. The result is the number of kilometers per hour your electric bike can ride with just one charge.
The voltage tells you how much power it has and the amperage (capacity), tells you how far you can ride. So if we multiply the voltage by amperage, we have the watts, which basically tell us how many kilometers per hour our e-bike can ride with just one charge.
Therefore, if we have an e-bike with 20Ah and 24V, we have 480 watts-hs, but if we have a 6Ah and 24V e-bike, then we only get 144 watts-hs. This means that you will not be able to use the second e-bike for long independent of the type of terrain. While the first one on regular terrains can be used for much longer without being charged.
Easy Tip: Generally, it makes sense to get an electric bike with, at least, 200 watts-hs.
How to take advantage of my electric bike’s range?
To take the most out of your e-bike’s natural range, you can follow some tips in order to improve speed and battery efficiency.
For example, you already weigh enough for an e-bike. So if you have to go around the city and don’t have much time to recharge it in between trips, you can avoid carrying heavy luggage. Remember the battery and the motor also weigh a lot and despite you being the one pedaling with assistance, it’s our battery the one doing most of the job.
Secondly, if you use the maximum level of assistance all the time, do not expect your battery to last all day long. Pedaling helps, of course, but constantly using the maximum assistance drains the charge really fast, and if you have to go up many hills, then it will definitely drain completely very soon.
It is not the point not to use the maximum level of assistance, just use it when it really is necessary. The rest of the time you can use the minimum.
If you ride an electric bike in a city, you will have to stop and start more than once on every trip because of cars, pedestrians, and traffic lights. This essentially means all the speed you just gained from pedaling or using the assistance will drop to zero and then it will require a new effort to regain it.
Riding conditions matter as well
You will learn many further tips just by riding your e-bike. It’s an experience, not something you learn in the e-bike’s manual, but reading a little about it gives you some light on what you may be doing wrong and how to fix it.
For example, you will notice that some days your battery does not drop to half and other days you will see how fast it will drain with just one ride. Both situations depend on where you are riding the e-bike and the assistance level.
If you have a really heavy e-bike designed for long trips on difficult terrains, but you use it in the city now and then, the range will be extensive.
On the contrary, if you do the opposite with a light e-bike, one charge will unlikely to take you through the day, especially if you have to take hills or rocky terrains.
Which electric bike has the longest range?
Hopefully, we have shed some light on the questions related to how far can an e-bike go. And if you are wondering which electric bike has the longest range, you could check some of these models:
- Stromer ST5: it can reach up to 195 kms, and when you notice it is powered by a 984 watt-hs battery, then you understand everything.
- Delfast: hold on tight, it has a colossal range of 366 kms! And, of course, a 3kWatt-hs
- Riese and Muller: a more affordable one here, it has a range of 130kms, but still a pretty good battery of 1kwatts-hs.
- Raleigh Mustang Comp: finally, another powerful model with an amazing price. It has a range of 97 kms and a 400watt-hs battery.
What is the exact range of an e-bike?
There is no exact range for all types of electric bikes, the box of the e-bike will show you an approximate number. The best mid-range electric bikes will tell you they have a range of 56 miles or 90 km, and that’s pretty impressive.
But if we consider everything we have talked about in this article, add to that number the difficulty of the terrain, if you have to stop often, if you use the assistance constantly and how much you weigh plus any extra weight.
Does this mean I should get the e-bike with the highest range?
No, it doesn’t. Before getting your hands on an e-bike, or before replacing the one you already have, consider the facts we mentioned at the beginning. You do not need an electric bike of 56 miles for range if you do not ride that much.
E-bikes with the longest range are usually more expensive, so why spend extra money on something you don’t really use often?
What happens if I do not use any of the assistance levels?
Pedaling when using an electric bike only helps it to get started, you won’t get as tired as when you use a regular bike. If you choose not to use any of the assistance levels you would be basically riding a normal bike.
Even though it’s totally possible to do so, people do not get an electric bike just to use it as a normal one. They use, at least, the first level of assistance in order to go faster and to be less physically engaged in the activity.
Are electric bikes legal?
Yes, they are. However, depending on where you ride them, there are important legal obligations you should follow. For example, in New York, you can’t ride an electric bike if it registers a speed up 20 miles per hour because it would be considered a motorcycle.
Read also: What are traditional e-bike and speed e-bike rules and regulations in the US, UK, Canada, Australia?
We recommend you to check your country’s specific regulations for this type of transport to avoid serious legal issues.
How long does it take an e-bike to charge completely?
It depends a lot on the capacity of the battery, it usually takes, at least, 4-6 hours for a 500watts-hs e-bike to charge completely.
You do not need to charge the e-bike every day unless its battery charge is under 30%. This is done to preserve the useful life of the battery.
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