If you are into extended rides, it is best to get an electric bike capable of taking you to far places. But what is a long range ebike? What does it offer to those who want to reach distant locations?
Well, that’s exactly what we will discuss. So, let’s start!
What is a Long Range Ebike?
A long range ebike does not significantly differ from a traditional electric bike. The thing that makes these bikes stand out are their high-capacity batteries. This feature makes them ideal for reaching far places on a single charge.
With a heavy-duty battery, you no longer have to deal with range anxiety. This feeling is common when riding battery-powered vehicles. It is associated with the fear of having a dead battery in the middle of nowhere.
As mentioned, the battery plays a big role in the performance of long range electric bikes. A bigger and more powerful battery allows you to go further on a single charge.
But what factors must the battery have to make riding long distances possible? Well, let’s see!
Things to Consider in an Electric Bike Battery
Here are some of the things to consider when looking at an electric bike battery.
Generally speaking, electric bikes with higher voltage batteries will be able to reach higher top speeds than those with lower voltage batteries.
This is because the motor on an electric bike is powered by the voltage of the battery, so a higher voltage battery will provide more power to the motor, allowing it to spin faster and propel the bike forward at a faster pace.
However, the range of an electric bike can also be impacted by the voltage of the battery.
In general, a higher voltage battery will be able to provide power to the motor for a longer period of time, allowing the bike to travel further before needing to be recharged.
The ampere-hours (Ah) rating of a battery refers to the amount of energy it can store. It is a measure of the capacity of the battery, and it is typically expressed in Ah (or milliampere-hours, mAh).
On an electric bike, the Ah rating of the battery can impact its range, or the distance it can travel on a single charge.
In general, a battery with a higher Ah rating will be able to provide power to the motor for a longer period of time, allowing the bike to travel further before needing to be recharged.
Watt hours (WH) refers to the number of watts a battery can deliver within an hour… and refers to the amount of energy a battery can store. Most batteries integrated into electric bikes have an estimated 300WH to 1,000WH.
To compute an ebike’s expected WH, the formula is as follows:
Voltage (V) x Amperes (AH) = Watt hours (WH)
The more watt-hours you have, the further you’ll be able to go. However, the ebike battery is not the only thing affecting your bike’s range….
Additional Factors Determining the Range of an Ebike
Besides the battery capacity, there are several factors that can impact the range of an electric bike, or the distance it can travel on a single charge. These include:
The size and power of the electric motor can impact the range of an electric bike. A larger, more powerful motor will require more energy to run, which can reduce the range of the bike.
The type of terrain the electric bike is ridden on can also impact its range. Riding on hilly terrain will require more energy to propel the bike uphill, which can reduce the range. Riding on flat terrain will generally result in a longer range.
Heavier electric bikes have less range.
So, if your bike weighs more or you are carrying more than usual load, it is best to pedal rather than depend on your ebike’s motor.
If you plan to go to far-flung places, it is recommended to get a lightweight electric bike.
Using features such as lights, a horn, or other electronics can drain the battery and reduce the range of the electric bike.
Extreme temperatures can impact the performance of the battery and the range of the electric bike. Batteries tend to perform best at moderate temperatures, and their range can be reduced in very cold or very hot weather.
Similar to driving a car, frequent stops eat more power from the battery.
Riding in the city requires more stops with traffic lights at every corner, so it is best to avoid sudden acceleration every time you stop. Doing so will draw energy bursts from the battery and increase power consumption per time.
Relying more on your electric bike’s motor will quickly drain your battery juice and lessen the range.
Torque sensors help minimize energy losses, which results in a higher range. These sensors detect how hard you pedal and are more efficient than cadence sensors due to their high sampling rate.
Newer batteries allow you to ride to longer distances. However, wear and tear will affect them in the long run. Especially when you have been using your electric bike for a time.
If you have been running out of juice quickly, it could be a sign to have the battery repaired or changed.
A smoother and properly inflated tire helps achieve greater range. Tires with low pressure tend to use more energy due to increased rolling resistance.
Fat tires also significantly lessen the range of your electric bike. These tires feature wider profiles, which means more rolling resistance and in turn, demand greater power from the battery.
Use of Gear
Using the mechanical benefits of gears allows you to amplify the motor’s power output. Many electric bikes come with a 7-speed drivetrain allowing you to choose how fast or slow you go.
To achieve a long range while riding, you must correctly use your gears. We advise you to use lower gears when climbing a hill or in situations requiring more power.
On the other hand, higher gears are best used when on flat roads or in any situation that requires more speed.
Weather conditions also impact how well your electric bike performs. Wind, extreme temperatures, and other elements will require additional power from your electric bike.
For example, riding at low temperatures gets you a lower mileage. Batteries store less energy at this temperature.
We recommend riding in milder weather and adopting practices that maximize the potential of your electric bike.
Best Long Range Engwe Ebikes
There are many long range electric bikes on the market, and the best one for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.
In case you’re interested, Engwe offers a few highly rated long range electric bikes that you might consider. Engwe electric bikes are fitted with efficient batteries capable of minimizing internal resistance and energy losses.
For riders who love long-distance riding, the brand offers two ultra-long range options – the C20 Pro and the EP-2 Pro.
Engwe C20 Pro - Best Long Range City Ebike
Riding in the city requires less power due to flat roads. But it does not mean you need less battery capacity. The C20 Pro is Engwe’s best offering for long range urban riding. This electric bike comes with a 36V 19.2AH battery and offers up to 105 kilometers on a single charge.
It also comes with the following features:
- A 36V 250W octagonal motor
- 7-level positioning gear shifter
- Remarkable shock absorbers
- Lightweight aluminum alloy foldable frame
Engwe EP-2 Pro - Best Long Range Off-Road Ebike
The Engwe EP-2 Pro is our most popular long-range bike with fat tires. In terms of battery, the EP-2 Pro comes with a removable 48V 13Ah lithium battery, which offers a pedal-assist mileage of 120km!
It also comes with a 750W motor allowing you to ride uphills and in urban settings. This motor is capable of speeds up to 28 mph. Additionally, it comes with 20 x 4-inch tires and three separate operating modes (pedal mode, pedal-assist mode, and throttle mode)… as well as plenty of features, such as:
- 7-level shifter
- Remarkable shock absorbers
- Lightweight alloy frame
- Foldable design
A long range electric bike is specifically designed to travel longer distances on a single charge of its electric battery.
These bikes typically have larger batteries and more powerful motors than regular electric bikes, which allows them to travel further before needing to be recharged.
Some long range electric bikes, such as the Engwe Ep-2 Pro, are able to travel up to 120km on a single charge. They can be a convenient and eco-friendly option for commuters or for people who want to use an electric bike for longer recreational rides.
If you want to explore more options, visit our lineup today.