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E-Bike Riding Range
How far can I go on a single charge?
We hear this question a lot! And, honestly, it’s one of the most important factors in deciding which e-bike to purchase. Finding an e-bike's exact range is complicated and difficult to distill down to one single number. It can be difficult to compare bike models, but you can absolutely expect a loner, farther riding range from a battery with higher volts and amp hours.
All Juiced Bikes are equipped with the industry-leading 52V battery, while most other e-bikes in the $1,000 - $3,000 price range are only equipped with a 48V battery (in some cases, just a 36V battery).
It’s important to keep in mind that riding range for all e-bikes depend on many factors including...
- Total payload, rider + gear
- Average speed
- Tire pressure
- Hill grade
- Road Bumps
- Riding position
- Outside temperature
- How much you pedal
- Tire type
- Type of battery
- Age of the battery
how much energy you have on-board vs. how much energy you need to go one mile.
This is all great. But HOW FAR CAN I GO!? To answer this question properly, we conducted a real-world test using both a Juiced e-bike with a 52V battery and competitor’s 48V e-bike to find out how much energy you need to go one mile. Here are the results:
How we conducted the range test:
All testing was first performed using throttle-only while riding. Then we repeated the same test with pedal assist. Other testing parameters:
- Controls: Payload of the rider: About 190 pounds, this includes some gear.
- Tire Pressure: We use the stock tires at 60 psi. Higher pressure will result in more range but a harder ride, lower pressure will result in a lower range but a softer ride.
- Bumps: The road surface is more or less normal with a few bumps. Bumps are basically small walls that crash into the wheels and slow the bike down.
- Hill Grade: The surface is more or less level, but the test circuit does go up and down somewhat.
- Wind: It is difficult to find an area with absolutely no wind. The test circuit does have a little bit of wind, but it tends to blow in only one direction.
- Temperature: Warm temperatures of around 80 degrees or more. Cold weather will reduce the range.
Factors That Affect Range
There are several different characteristics of electric bikes that affect how many miles you get per charge. Like miles per gallon in a car, the range is there for a reason — there's no guaranteed number of miles or the number of hours you can ride per charge.
These are some traits that will affect the range of your bike:
- Battery size: A bigger battery gives you more power and takes you farther with every charge. Juiced Bikes use 52V batteries in all of our e-bikes.
- Battery age: As batteries get older, they won't hold a charge as well as when they were brand-new. With this in mind, you may want to replace your electric bike's battery if you find that it isn't getting very good mileage anymore.
- Pedal capability: Different classes of electric bikes have different pedaling capacities. If you have a model where you can pedal, like with a pedal-assist bike, you can combine your own power with the power coming from the battery to save juice while you're out. If you're relying solely on power from the battery, it might run out quicker.
These are a few more traits of your bike that can affect the range. Like with a car, there is no specific answer on how many miles or the amount of time you can ride with one charge. While you're out, it's important to keep track of your time or miles spent so you don't run out of juice at the wrong time.
Riding Range of a Juiced Bike
Juiced electric bikes have a riding range between 40-100 miles depending on a variety of factors including battery size, average speed, terrain, rider weight, and more. With a smaller 48V or 36V battery, typical range will only be 15-35 miles per charge. That’s a considerable difference. Juiced Bikes customers often describe the ‘range confidence’ they feel when riding a Juiced e-bike, free from worrying about their battery dying during a ride.
Bigger batteries give higher ranges not only because of the charge but from the speed. As we mentioned before, bigger batteries are more powerful. With that power, you could ride up to 40 miles per hour. Even if two batteries' charges last around the same length of time, the bike with higher speeds will have a higher range.
At Juiced Bikes, we saw the average riding range for e-bikes with smaller batteries and knew they could be dramatically improved. We successfully re-engineered the electric bike battery with most of our batteries providing riding ranges nearly double that of similarly priced e-bikes.