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What’s an e-Bike’s Range?

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Maximizing the distance your electric bike can go on a charge The distance an electric bike will go on one charge of the battery is called range. This is an important specification to pay attention to when comparing e-bikes, to your desired riding style. If your commute involves big hills, for example, you don’t want to run out of juice halfway up. Without power, an e-bike becomes a heavy mode of transportation that demands more energy on your part to pedal. So the range of an electric bike depends on the following:

The electric bikes battery capacity Conservatively, lithium-ion batteries are typically said to last for 1,000 full charge cycles. Now think of a volt as the “force” pushing an amp through the system. The higher the voltage the more energy can be moved, or the faster it can be moved. So, a higher voltage system can send more energy through the circuits to the motor.

The voltage output of the motor Because most e-bike systems are standardized; what you want to look for, to maximize your total range, is the time it takes before you need to recharge the battery. To do that, look for an e-bike battery with a high WattHour rating.

Plan your ride to extend your range If you are able to define a specific route you want to commute will help you better predict the distance you will be able to safely travel between charges. Then, knowing how many hills there are to climb will further help you define the workload you will put on the motor.

If you’re only going to do six to ten miles of daily commuting you don’t need a battery or motor set for a 50 to 70-mile range. However, you should buy a bike with a higher range, more than you necessarily need, because the range will drop as the battery ages and loses capacity. Be sure to visit a local bike shop with the questions you have prepared and test ride some of the best e-bikes available in the market today. HaveFunBiking.com

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