How far can you go on your electric bicycle?

One of the most common questions we get asked here at Melbourne Electric Bicycles is how far will you be able to travel on your electric bike before you’ll need to recharge?

It might seem a simple question but unfortunately there’s no easy answer, because the range you’ll be able to achieve from a single charge of your electric bicycle will depend on a number of factors. Let’s have a look at a few of them:

  • Battery size: Not all electric bicycle batteries are created equal. Some have a larger capacity than others and therefore will achieve more kilometres between charges. Many of the bikes we sell at Melbourne Electric Bicycles come with the option of a larger capacity battery.
  • Rider weight: Without getting too personal, a big bloke isn’t going to get as far as a petite lady on an electric bicycle. Look on the bright side, with a new, fun electric bike from Melbourne Electric Bicycles you’re bound to lose a few kilos!
  • Conditions: The terrain and weather conditions also play a part. Naturally enough, a ride on an electric bicycle along a Yarra River bike path in Melbourne is going to chew up less battery capacity than a ride up Black Mountain near Canberra.
  • Power: Another main factor is the amount of power you choose. Again, this is pretty obvious. If you ramp up the power you’re going to use more battery capacity.
  • Battery quality: Not  an issue if you buy a bicycle from Melbourne Electric Bicycles, but if you purchase from a less reputable dealer and end up with a poor quality battery, chances are it’s going to degrade sooner rather than later.

If you’re after a rough guide, you’ll be able to travel somewhere between 30 and 90 kilometres on an electric bike depending on various factors before having to charge. For most people, this is plenty of range to get them to work and back or enjoy an electric bicycle on the weekend.