How far can I go on a single charge?
We get this question a lot! probably because it’s one of the most important factors in deciding which ebike to purchase. Trying to pin down an ebike's exact range can be complicated, difficult, and confusing. This in turn makes it difficult to compare bike models when making a purchase decision. One thing is for certain, you can absolutely expect a longer riding range from an ebike which incorporates a battery with higher volts and amp hours within its design.
In many respects ebike range can be distilled down to how much energy on-board your bike vs. how much energy you need to travel one mile. However, there are many different additional factors to consider when conducting a real world ebike range analysis.
Ebike range depends on many factors including...
- Total weight, (rider + other payloads)
- Average trip speed
- Tire pressure, thickness, and tread
- Road or pathway gradient
- Road or pathway quality
- Wind resistance
- Riding position (aerodynamic?)
- Human pedalling
- Battery chemistry
- Age of the battery
To create an accurate comparison and answer the ebike range question properly, we conducted a real-world ebike range test using an Unconquered Custom ebike laced with our standard 1 hp electric geared hub motor then conducted testing using 3 different sizes of lithium-ion batteries + a dual battery configuration. Hopefully you can benefit from the knowledge below and make more informed purchase decisions based on our, findings and your personal range requirements.
How we conducted our ebike range test:
Range testing was performed using 5 different riding styles to stress the batteries, then measuring each battery’s distance results at failure. Riding styles were economy riding (level 1-2 pedal assist), medium speed riding (3-4 level pedal assist), speed riding (using 5 level pedal assist), aggressive riding (throttle only), and motorcycle mode (ungoverned throttle).
- Rider weight: Payload of the rider; approx. 190 pounds including laptop, change of clothing and other misc gear contained within panniers.
- Tire Pressure: Fat tires 3 x 26” brick tread inflated to 35 psi. Higher pressure will result in more range but a more uncomfortable journey, lower pressure will result in a lower range but much more shock absorption.
- Road quality: The road surface had some inherent friction (packed gravel oval track) with a few bumps.
- Road gradient: The test circuit road surface was level with no hills etc.
- Wind resistance: It is difficult to find an area with absolutely no wind from any direction. We used an oval track to minimize and offset negative or positive headwind/ tailwind impacts.
- Temperature: Outdoor temperature of around 80 degrees or more. Extremely high temps can cause heat resistance which can be detrimental to current and overall range.
UC* represents the industry leading (Unconquered Custom) 52V ebike batteries, which are installed standard within the gas tank of each ebike we sell. Our competitors are mostly only equipped with a 48V battery (in some cases, 36V).
Main factors affecting ebike range
There are several different characteristics of electric bikes that affect how many miles you get per single charge. Like miles per gallon in a car, the estimated range is there for a reason — there is no guaranteed number of miles or number of hours you can ride per charge.
To sum up, These are the main factors which will affect the range of your ebike:
- Battery size: A bigger battery gives you more power and takes you farther with every charge. Unconquered Custom ebikes come standard with 52V lithium ion polymer batteriers in all of our custom ebikes.
- Battery age: As batteries get older, they won't hold a charge as well as when they were brand-new. You may want to replace your electric bike's battery if you are beginning to experience reduced mileage. Here are some tips on best charging practices for battery longevity.
- 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 power from the battery to conserve your charge while riding. If you're relying solely on power from the battery (full throttle) your battery will drain much quicker.
Lastly, while riding, it's important to check your odometer and battery gauge so you don't run out of charge at the wrong time.
Operating range of an Unconquered Custom ebike
Unconquered Custom ebikes have a riding range between 40-100 miles depending on a variety of factors including average speed, terrain, rider weight etc. With a competitor’s smaller 48V or 36V battery, typical range will only be 15-25 miles per charge. That’s a considerable difference! Unconquered Custom ebike owners often describe the range satisfaction they feel while riding, free from range anxiety and the worry that their battery may die during a ride.
Bigger ebike batteries come with greater range not only because of the charge capacity but from the speed. As we mentioned before, bigger batteries are more powerful. With that power, you can ride much faster. I.e. if two batteries' charge last the same length of time, the bike with the higher average speed will have travelled further.
At Unconquered Customs, we noted the average riding range for ebikes with smaller batteries typically varied from 15 to 25 miles. For those who like to use their bikes on outdoor adventures outside of the city, this is not enough. We knew this could be dramatically improved. We then successfully re-engineered the electric bike battery, and now our batteries provide riding ranges nearly double that of similarly priced ebikes. To propel riders further an Unconquered Custom ebike comes standard with a battery that carries a maximum range of =/> 100 miles.
To be more exact, the Unconquered Custom ebike tops out at 100 miles (on a single battery) and is aimed at those who like to enjoy long-distance trips both in and out of urban areas. Unconquered Custom’s ebike uses a battery capable of 1200 + recharge cycles along and regenerative braking capability.
100 miles sounds like an incredibly long trip aboard an ebike, but we have taken pains to ensure that our bike won’t make it feel that way. At cruising speed, the bike travels between 25 and 28 miles per hour. For those really in a hurry, they can push it a little further to a maximum top speed greater than 28 miles per hour in motorcycle mode. To get the most time out of a single charge we recommend an urban commuting average speed of 16 miles per hour. Riders can swap on the fly between 5 x pedal-assist levels and full throttle modes.