Key Takeaways:

  • Electric bikes can last anywhere from 15 to 100 miles on a single charge, depending on the make and model of the bike itself.
  • In order to maximize the range of your eBike, we recommend lowering the pedal assist level and trying to avoid using the throttle mechanism.
  • You should also try to avoid climbing steep inclines, as this will also tax the battery.

If you are thinking of purchasing an electric bike, you may be wondering just how far an eBike can travel on a single charge.

Electric Bike Average Range

The average range of an electric bicycle per charge can vary, but one should expect to get at least 15 miles on a single charge. This metric can increase all the way up to 100 miles per charge, depending on the bike’s lithium battery pack and certain precautions taken by the rider.

Learn How to Extend Electric Bike Range

If you are looking to maximize your battery life and ensure you squeeze out every last mile before needing a recharge, take a look at the following tips and guidelines.

Decrease Pedal Assist Level

If you decrease the pedal assist level to its lowest setting, or turn it off, then your bike’s battery will last a long time before needing to be charged. This is due to the nature of the design of an electric bike itself. Most bikes feature a motor that only kicks in when necessary, thus the term “pedal assist.” It is assisting with pedaling. If you do most of the work yourself by pedaling in the old-fashioned way, then the battery will retain its juice indefinitely. Of course, this can be tiring in some scenarios, though manual pedaling is a great cardiovascular exercise.

Tip: If you decrease the pedal assist level to its lowest setting, or turn it off, then your bike’s battery will last a long time before needing to be charged

Warning: Of course, this can be tiring in some scenarios, though manual pedaling is a great cardiovascular exercise

Eliminate Throttle

Some modern eBikes feature a throttle system, which essentially transforms an electric bike into something closely resembling a motorcycle or scooter. In other words, engaging the throttle will eliminate any need for manual pedaling. Throttle mechanisms can be a severe drain on the integrated lithium-ion battery pack. We recommend avoiding this feature entirely if you are looking to conserve battery life and maximize your range.

Warning: Throttle mechanisms can be a severe drain on the integrated lithium-ion battery pack

Tip: We recommend avoiding this feature entirely if you are looking to conserve battery life and maximize your range

Avoid Steep Inclines

Steep inclines and rough terrain can also tax an electric bike’s battery and reduce the overall maximum range available. If you want to make sure you are getting the most of your bike’s battery, we recommend avoiding steep inclines unless absolutely necessary. You can also take some steps ahead of time to prepare, such as packing a spare battery or finding a spot along your route to do a quick charge. Another option is to consciously avoid pedal-assist or throttle while climbing a steep incline, though this will tax your body.

Warning: Steep inclines and rough terrain can also tax an electric bike’s battery and reduce the overall maximum range available

STAT:

Most e-bike batteries sold in North America are lithium-ion, which will provide a minimum of 500 full charge cycles at which point the battery will hold about 80% of its original capacity. (Source)

Sources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214140515000109

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_battery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedelec

Extend Electric Bike Range FAQ

Electric bikes are basically just electric-powered motorcycles, right?

Not really. If an electric bike features a throttle mechanism, then it can be close to a motorcycle, but most bikes only feature pedal assist.

What about extreme range ratings on e-bikes? Are those true?

Kind of. The extreme range ratings of 100 miles per charge or more are technically true, but to reach this metric you will have to have the lowest pedal assist level activated.

Why are there different assist levels?

Not all riders are created equal, thus the need for differing pedal assist levels. Each level will suit a different physicality and strength.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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