Key Takeaways:

  • An electric bike battery will allow for anywhere from 22 miles to 60 miles per charge.
  • This factor is determined by the size and mAh rate of the battery pack itself.
  • External factors can influence overall battery life, including the weight of the rider and the amount of throttle that has been engaged.

If you are thinking of purchasing a top electric bike, you may be wondering just how long it will run on a single charge. You may also be wondering how many miles it can travel on the same charge.

How Far Will an Electric Bike’s Battery Go?

Though this depends on a number of external factors we will get into below, an average electric bike battery should be able to travel anywhere between 22 and 60 miles on a single charge.

Learn About Battery Ranges

Electric bike manufacturers advertise a number of different battery ranges when it comes to various makes and models. This advertised range is typically a “best-case scenario” of a sort. Here are a number of factors that can impact real-world battery usage and the maximum range.

Battery Size and mAh Ratings

The overall size and mAh rating of your electric bike’s integrated battery will impact the maximum travel range. A battery’s mAh rating designates how much power it can deliver to an external source, such as an electric bike motor. For instance, if a battery is rated at 3,200 mAh, in a single hour it can charge 3,200 milliamps. Generally speaking, the higher the mAh, the better, though this could increase the battery’s overall weight.

Tip: A battery’s mAh rating designates how much power it can deliver to an external source, such as an electric bike motor

Warning: Generally speaking, the higher the mAh, the better, though this could increase the battery’s overall weight

Rider Weight

The weight of the rider can impact the maximum battery range of an eBike battery. It is a good standard practice to follow the bike’s maximum weight guidelines, which can vary from around 200 pounds to 350 pounds. When considering the maximum weight to be placed upon an electric bike, you should also remember to include any personal items such as a backpack, laptop computer, and protective gear such as a helmet. The lower the weight the motor is transporting, the more mileage you will get per charge.

Tip: It is a good standard practice to follow the bike’s maximum weight guidelines, which can vary from around 200 pounds to 350 pounds

Warning: When considering the maximum weight to be placed upon an electric bike, you should also remember to include any personal items such as a backpack, laptop computer, and protective gear such as a helmet

Pedal-assist and Throttle

In general, using an electric bike’s pedal assist (pedelec) function is vastly more efficient than engaging the throttle. This is because pedal-assist merely augments the power coming from our muscles to the pedal, whereas a throttle completely replaces the human element. Many electric bike models do not even include a throttle-only function for just this reason. If you are looking to increase the maximum range of your battery, we would recommend engaging a pedal-assist only when absolutely necessary.

Tip: In general, using an electric bike’s pedal assist (pedelec) function is vastly more efficient than engaging the throttle

Warning: If you are looking to increase the maximum range of your battery, we would recommend engaging a pedal assist only when absolutely necessary

STAT:

Generally, to extend the life of an e-bike battery it’s recommended that lithium-Ion batteries not be fully discharged or fully charged to 100%. (Source)

Sources:

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

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

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

https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8895556

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tluh8a9fTnQ

How Far Will an Electric Bike's Battery Go FAQ

How fast can an electric bike go?

An electric bike’s maximum speed depends on its internal components and is also dictated by state and country rules and regulations. These regulations usually dictate a maximum speed of 20 to 28 MPH.

Can I ride an e-bike as a regular bike without the electric power?

Yes, in most cases. It is typically extremely easy to switch from manual to automatic control when operating an eBike.

Is servicing an e-bike any different than a regular bike?

Yes. Electric bikes include motors and batteries, among other electrical components, each of which demands different types of maintenance and service.

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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