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Electric Bike Range: How Far Can They Go?

Electric Bike Range: How Far Can They Go?

The range of an e bike depends on a variety of factors. Learn the range of Pedal Electric Bikes & how to maximize yours!

Electric bikes aren’t going anywhere, they’re here to stay to power us forward. A huge appeal of electric bikes is being able to go farther without breaking a sweat. Being able to get to where you need is the prime function and purpose of an electric bike. We are all going in different directions for different reasons. Similarly, depending on what kind of model you choose, your electric bike range will be specific and unique to how you ride it and how you use it. Read along, and tag along for our insight into best practices for optimizing your ebike range. 

For the most part across all three classes on e bikes you are gonna end up with a similar range give or take. And the range essentially refers to the distance you ride in one battery charge. On average most ebikes will take you somewhere between 20-100 miles. The exact range will always depend on a range of factors that are important to pay attention to and consider if you want to get the most out of your charge (the planet will say thank you). Conscious riding equals a conscious lifestyle. 

Important aspects that contribute to the overall electric bike range:

  • Total weight of the load, including the rider and gear
  • Your average riding speed
  • Your riding position
  • The bike's tire pressure and tire type
  • Terrain and hill grade
  • Wind conditions
  • Road quality and bumps
  • The outside temperature
  • Your pedal capability and fitness
  • Type of battery 
  • Battery size
  • Age of the battery

Pedal Electric’s e-bike range

With two models to choose from you can’t go wrong. The Core and The AWD III offer more than your average bike and are going to keep you pedaling faster and for longer. The Core will take you anywhere between 30-50 miles, and the AWD III brings you to 40-75 miles.  Now of course this isn’t set and will be informed on the above-listed factors as well as how you ride and how you take care of your bike. 

How to Maximize the Range of Electric Bikes 

Follow these steps and suggestions to hit your mile mark easy and safe daily without having to make significant changes or customizations: 

  • Go easy on the throttle 
  • Maybe this seems like a no-brainer, but hey we’ve all been there…new toy, and you want to crank the throttle and go as fast as you can/ Not only is that not sustainable for riding, it’s going to drain your bike’s battery and ultimately significantly reduce your range. The throttle uses significantly more battery, so just be mindful. Ease into it, slowly accelerate and you’ll help the longevity of your battery’s charge. 

  • Pedal While you accelerate   
  • While shifting from relying on the throttle, you will naturally start pedaling more. (it is a bike after all!)  Utilizing pedal assist will conserve your battery and is the best for optimizing an efficient electric bike range. This pays off as huge energy savings in the long run!

  • Pump Your Tires
  • Tires impact more than just the comfort and feel of your ride. Having the correct tire pressure can make your ride go farther with more ease. Having the correct tire pressure means your e-bike battery won’t use as much energy to accelerate as with flat tires. Filled tires add distance to your range that can easily be achieved by taking time to pump your tires, which could result in a few extra miles! 

  • Coast
  • Not that you need someone to tell you how to cruise, but yes it will have a dramatic impact on your ebike range! The best time to coast to conserve your ebike battery: when you approach a stop, on a smooth path, out of a steep incline, and obviously when there is a prime view! Let off the throttle and let gravity move you. By being conservative in your speed and slowing down, you will naturally decrease the energy being used. No need to try and go high speed your entire ride, slow it down and enjoy an increased ebike range.

  • Ride in the Right Gear 
  • Whether you’re comfortable with riding in different gears or not, riding in the wrong gear over time will put a huge strain on your battery. As you figure out how you ride, you’ll get more accustomed to shifting gears on your ebike correctly to conserve your battery and increase your range. Riding on flat streets can be great for low-power assistance, whereas on a steep hill you can change gears and power to get the ideal speed and efficiency for your ebike range. For conserving your battery, shift to a low gear before stopping so that way when you start pedaling for your next ride you won't be using unnecessary battery assistance to propel you. This technique will massively extend the range of your electric bike. Switch it up, keep pedaling, and adjust frequently for efficient rides. 

    These are our suggestions, there is a lot more out there to discover for your riding. When it comes to getting the most out of your battery and your bike there is a lot to factor in. Our advice? Start by focusing on a few factors and then slowly incorporate more and more and see how it impacts how you experience your ebike over time.  Because getting the most out of our bike is a journey and we want to have rides that take us farther while also continuing to support the planet and do everything in our lane to combat global climate change. It starts with small actions and daily habits, which is why we are excited to continue to discover what powers us by pedaling and cultivating a riding style that will take us all to new distances. Let us know where you go and what methods work best to extend your ebike range!