Advice about electric bikes
Electric bike range: How far can I cycle?
Do you regularly take short rides on your electric bike? Or would you rather pull the electric bike out of the shed for a long bike ride? Either way, of course you never want to end up with an empty battery. With our tips you can always travel carefree with your e-bike. Are you curious about the range of a new electric bike? Or with which e-bikes you can cycle the furthest?
What is the range of an electric bike?
The range of an ebike is the maximum number of kilometers that you can cycle before your battery is empty. The more electricity the battery can store, the further you can cycle with pedal assistance. Each electric bicycle comes with a battery. Do you find out after a while that you still need a heavier battery? No problem! You can always buy a new battery for your electric bike.
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How can you calculate the range of an electric bike?
The maximum range of an electric bike can be found for each bike in the corresponding battery table. This range is based on favorable (weather) conditions: wonderfully calm, flat road surface and a speed of 18-20 km / h. Unfortunately, the wind sometimes blows in the UK and we also have some tough hills here. Under these circumstances, the range can be a bit shorter than average, because this also means that your ebike has to work harder.
Bosch Active Line battery table
Ebikes with the Bosch Active Line battery boast a range of up to 180 km* thus providing longer periods of cycling pleasure. Bikes with this battery are suitable for both flat and hilly terrain (48 Nm** max.). You will find this battery on our ebike with HMB added in the name. This stands for Hybrid Mid Bosch.
|Bosch Active Line||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|Watt hour rating||300 Wh||400 Wh||500 Wh|
|Ampere rating||8.3 Ah||11.1 Ah||13.8 Ah|
|Max. Eco range||90 km||120 km||150 km|
|Max. Power range||50 km||70 km||90 km|
|Max. Sport range||40 km||55 km||70 km|
|Max. Turbo range||35 km||45 km||60 km|
Shimano Steps battery table
Electric bikes with the Shimano Steps battery boast a range of up to 145 km* thus providing extra-long periods of cycling pleasure. Bikes with this battery are suitable for both flat and hilly terrain (50 Nm** max.). You will find this battery on our ebike with HMS added in the name. This stands for Hybrid Mid Shimano Steps.
|Watt hour rating||418 Wh||500 Wh|
|Ampere rating||11.6 Ah||13.9 Ah|
|Max. Eco range*||125 km||145 km|
|Max. Normal range*||85 km||100 km|
|Max. Turbo range*||60 km||70 km|
|Price||Included in bike price, excluding recycling levy||Add-on price € 200.00, excluding recycling levy|
Panasonic range at 15-20 km/h battery table
On acquiring a ebike with the Panasonic front-wheel motor you have a choice of four batteries (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) with different capacities and associated range*.
|Panasonic range at 15-20 km/h||Bronze||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|Watt hour rating||238 Wh||317 Wh||396 Wh||486 Wh|
|Ampere rating||6.6 Ah||8.8 Ah||11 Ah||13.5 Ah|
|Max. Eco range*||45-65 km||60-80 km||70-110 km||80-120 km|
|Max. Standard range*||30-45 km||45-60 km||50-80 km||60-95 km|
|Max. High range*||25-35 km||35-50 km||45-65 km||45-70 km|
|Price||Included in bike price, excluding recycling levy||Add-on price € 100.00, excluding recycling levy||Add-on price € 250.00, excluding recycling levy||Add-on price € 450.00, excluding recycling levy|
Ebike battery range
The range of an electric bike is the distance you can cycle without having to recharge the battery. The greater the battery capacity, the further you can cycle with pedal assistance. Is the range of a battery known? If so, it is the distance based on ideal conditions. It is not a guarantee that you will achieve the same range on your e-bike. Do you want the maximum possible range? If so, bear the following factors in mind:
- Weight: it holds in this respect that the weight of the bike as well as that of the rider will affect the range. The more weight the motor is required to assist, the shorter the range.
- Resistance: this applies not only to the weather conditions (headwind, rain), but also to tyre pressure and the condition of the road. Higher resistance will have an adverse impact on your range.
- Speed: the faster you cycle, the shorter the range will be. The e-bike will provide more assistance at higher speeds.
- Assistance: with regard to the assistance setting, it holds that the lower the setting, the longer the range.
- Shifting: If you shift efficiently while you are cycling, i.e. in good time and regularly, this will have a positive impact on your range. Make sure you use a lower gear and always shift down to the lowest gear when standing still.
- Battery: both the condition and the age of the battery will affect the range. An old(er) battery will have reduced capacity, thus providing a short(er)range.
- Sensors: the type of sensor can have an impact on range. In general terms, a pedal force sensor is more energy-efficient than a rotation sensor.
* The range will depend in part on the following factors: gear selected, tyre pressure, weight of rider, bike speed, terrain, headwind, age of battery and assistance setting. The charging capacity will reduce over time depending on usage, age and maintenance.
** Max. torque is a measure of how much pulling power the motor can deliver in the most efficient conditions for the system.