What is the range of an electric bicycle?
A question we often get about our bikes is how far you can go with a full battery. How far you can cycle with a fully charged battery – until it is empty – is called the range of an electric bike. In this article we show you what the average range of a BESV e-bike is. You can also read here how you can calculate it yourself and which factors determine the exact distance you can travel.
Range electric bicycle – How far can you go with a full battery?
Just like electric cars, electric bikes have a battery and a motor. And thus also a range! This is a distance that expresses how far you can cycle on average with pedal assistance, when the battery is fully charged. Important to know when looking for a new bike!
This distance can be quickly calculated from the battery capacity of your e-bike. This is the maximum energy that can be stored in a battery. By then also taking into account how high you set the pedal assistance, how fast you cycle and the weather conditions, you can estimate very precisely how far you can cycle.
Battery capacity divided by six
A handy rule of thumb you can use to calculate the average range is to divide the battery capacity (in Wh) by six. For example, do you have a battery with a capacity of 300 Wh? Then you can assume that you can cycle about 50 km far with this. In the table below we have listed the average range of some of our bikes.
|Model BESV e-bike||Battery Capacity||Average range|
|PSF 1||378 Wh||63 km|
|CT 1.1||504 Wh||84 km|
|TR LE||504 Wh||84 km|
|TR 2.1||504 Wh||84 km|
|TRS 1.1||504 Wh||84 km|
|TRX 1.3||504 Wh||84 km|
|TRB1 URBAN||756 Wh||126 km|
You can use these distances as a guideline when cycling under ‘normal’ conditions. So you cycle about 20 to 25 km/h on a flat road, with the pedal assistance on medium. It is about 15 degrees Celsius and the wind blows at force 3 or 4.
Range of e-bike depends on several factors
In addition to the battery capacity, as mentioned, there are quite a few factors that determine exactly how far you will get on your e-bike. This is easy to understand by considering that cycling on an old-fashioned bike also costs more or less energy, depending on the circumstances. With an e-bike, the pedal assistance pedals with you, as it were, and the battery provides the energy for this. If something causes you to tire more quickly on a regular bike, it will also cause the battery of your e-bike to run out of power sooner, reducing the range. There is of course one exception to this, and that is the setting on which you put the pedal assistance.
With BESV e-bikes, you can set the degree of pedal support yourself. Do you set it higher? Then you don’t have to pedal as hard yourself, but the motor will use more energy and the battery will therefore drain faster. Do you want a maximum range? Then set the support to the lowest position.
The speed at which you cycle also affects the range. The faster you go, the faster the battery will become empty. This has to do with the air resistance. This increases enormously when you start cycling faster, so the battery will have to supply a lot of energy to maintain the same speed. On average you cycle about 20 to 25 km/h, and then you can assume the average range mentioned above. Do you really want to get as far as possible with your battery? Then ride a little slower and you’ll see that you’ll get quite a few miles further!
Boudewijn de Groot already sang it: the wind blows harder when you go against it instead of with it. So it should come as no surprise that your range is a lot shorter with a strong headwind. On the other hand, of course, a tailwind will take you much farther. Temperature also plays a role. Batteries work less well in extreme heat or when it’s very cold. Between 5 and 25 degrees they perform best and you have the largest radius.
Your own weight and the course
Like a car, an e-bike consumes extra electricity when accelerating. So do you ride on curvy and uneven terrain such as in the woods? Or do you use the bike for short city rides where you regularly stand still? Then the range of your electric bike will be reduced. Your own weight also plays a role in this. Taller people will therefore have a slightly shorter range.