What is the typical range of an electric bike?

The typical range of an electric bike is 20-30 miles or 30-50 km.

The range of an electric bike is the distance you can ride on a single charge before your battery goes flat. That is, if your total commute is 10 miles each way you need a bike with a minimum range of 20 miles.
The single biggest factor affecting the range of an electric bike is the level of electric assistance you choose. If you choose to prioritise the comfort of a high level of electrical assistance the range of your bike will be reduced.

Some elctric bikes have been designed to achieve much longer ranges. For example, Delfast bikes claim to have built a bike with a range of 380km (236 miles).

Whilst manufacturers may advertise that an electric bike has a particular range, the way you ride, weight carried and the conditions you encounter will significantly influence the range of your bicycle.

Advertised ranges can be misleading and may significantly differ from what you will achieve when you ride your electric bike.

Be very cautious about the ranges quoted by manufacturers. There is no agreed standard for calculating range and it is not possible to make comparisons between brands.

Factors affecting the range of an electric bike:

Riding Style (greatest impact):

  • How much pedal power you provide and how much you rely on electrical assistance
  • Your speed. Higher speeds require more power and reduce range.
  • The number of stop/starts (hill starts are particularly heavy on batteries)

Riding Conditions:

  • Riding conditions (hills, headwinds, etc.)
  • Ambient temperature – batteries perform best on a warm day and worst in very cold conditions

Bike Design:

  • The type, capacity, efficiency and age of the battery on your bike
  • Motor power and efficiency.
  • The efficiency of the drive train on your bike and the rolling resistance of your tyres (larger or soft tyres are less efficient)

Load:

  • The weight you are moving (yourself + bike + cargo)

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