How Far Can an eBike Battery Take You?
From cars to power tools to smartphones, batteries power the modern world, and how far they will run on one charge is a real concern. This is no different for riders of electric bikes, or eBikes – maybe more so, as the eBike is a transportation tool, and with a dead battery hills become much more strenuous and taxing on the legs.
In fact, the most common considerations before buying an eBike, according to the National Electric Bike Owner Survey, are bike type or style (68 percent of responses) and battery range (60 percent).
Here’s the thing, though: There’s no simple answer to how far an eBike battery will take you per charge, because there are so many factors involved, including:
- Assistance level: A rider who keeps the pedal-assist at its highest setting (Turbo) – meaning they pedal less and the bike does more of the work – will naturally drain the battery faster than a rider pedaling in Eco mode – where the rider does most of the work.
- Terrain: Uphill jaunts on an eBike tax the battery more than cruising the flats, so whether you’re riding in San Francisco or Iowa makes a difference.
- Rider Weight: Just like pulling a loaded wagon uphill, heavy riders will drain a battery faster than lightweight riders.
- Ground conditions: Gravel, sand and paved bike lanes affect all bikes differently, and for an eBike, tough ground conditions translate into shorter battery life.
- Wind: A rider’s legs – and their bike battery – need to put in more or less effort depending on which way the wind is blowing and how breezy it is.
- Tire pressure: Tires that aren’t inflated to their optimal pressure may grip the road better and give you a little softer ride, but they take more energy to turn.