We've been getting some questions regarding the range of our electric bikes. Our customers want to know how far they can go with their investment. While many companies, (us included), stick by their advertised approximate range as seen on websites, these numbers cannot be taken as a guarantee.
Yes. You read that right. Approximate range numbers tend to be WILDLY inaccurate. Why?!
It's simple - there are simply too many factors that will demand your battery to work harder and drain quicker to make company range numbers a guarantee.
A Lithium Ion battery for our Biktrix Juggernauts.
Some of these factors may include but are not limited to:
- weight of the rider and any luggage transported (more weight requires more power to be carried the same distance in the same amount of time)
- temperature of the battery (extreme heat or cold hurts your battery; ride in warm climates)
- tire pressure (flatter tires affects efficiency of the e-bike)
- terrain factors (living on naturally hilly or uneven terrain drains more battery)
- speed (going faster drains more battery!)
- how hard/often you are pedaling versus how much you are using the Pedal Assist system, and at what level
- battery make (some are better than others)
- motor size (bigger motor = more power needed)
- battery age (older batteries lose power over time and may need replacement)
As you can see, there are way more variables that all can affect how far you go per charge on your e-bike, making the numbers given by professional companies more like "guidelines." It is a meant to be a measurement as to what you should be expecting from your e-bike with the appropriate motor and battery set-up. This does not mean it is what you may be getting.
So, how do you ensure that you get the most ride from your charge?
1) Pedal more! Minimize the level of pedal assist, and pedal as much as possible. The more work you put in is less work the battery has to do, which means more energy for your battery! Also, pedaling a heavier e-bike will get you quite the work-out!
2) Choose routes that are less hilly, and provide less resistance. While all our e-bikes are designed to take the brunt of the toughest terrain, the flatter roads and the less hilly terrain are actually great for your battery!
3) Keep your parts in tip-top shape. Make sure your tires are able to hold pressure and that they are filled to the appropriate amount. Also, make sure your battery is replaced when you start to realize the typical charge length has diminished, showing signs of its age. This will make sure your e-bike is well-maintained!
4) Lots of abrupt starting/stopping sucks out battery life. Casual easy braking from a coast can help with your battery life.
5) Take good care of your battery! Keep it stored in a room temperature condition, do not over-charge it, do not submerge it in water, and do not expose it to extreme heat or cold for extended periods of time. More on battery maintenance can be found HERE.
And, as always, we at Biktrix recommend that you buy an extra back-up battery, especially if you are into outdoor riding or live in rural areas and do not have access to electricity as readily as city-dwellers. Check out our batteries HERE.
If you follow these instructions, you will ensure that you will maximize your battery life, maximize your distance with every ride, and charge you battery less often. That's one less thing to worry about, so you can focus on the road ahead!
About Robert Bryn Mann:
Robert Bryn Mann is a Customer Content Specialist at Biktrix. A professional writer, he is happy to be working with a company that shares his passion for greener transportation options. When he is not working with Biktrix, he is writing stand-up material and scripts for film.