How fast can an eBike go?

Most electric bikes in the U.S. will provide you with assist up to 20 mph, putting them in California Class 2 category. California class 3 bikes will provide power up to 28 mph, but only while your pedaling. 

  

Why can’t they go faster?

They certainly can, but the intent of an electric bicycle is to be very similar to a conventional bicycle and that includes the speed that it can travel. If eBikes provided higher power assisted speeds then they would be regulated like a scooter/motorcycle which requires registration, licensure, insurance, etc. In addition, this would limit where eBikes can be ridden.

How far can they go?

Most electric bikes have a range of 20-40 miles and that depends on the riding conditions (hills, headwinds, etc.), how much pedal power you are providing, and how much weight you are moving (yourself + cargo). You can get eBikes with more range (up to 100 miles) but they are generally more expensive and weigh more because of the larger battery pack. Quick tip: charging your battery at work will help to increase your daily range.

How much power do they have?

Generally electric bikes in the U.S. will range from 250 watts to 750 watts. 750 watts is the maximum power to still be a considered a Class 2 bicycle and that equates to 1 horsepower.

  

 

How long does it take to charge the battery?

Most electric bike batteries will fully charge from empty in 3 to 6 hours depending on the battery size.

How much does it cost to charge the battery?

In general it will cost $0.03 to $0.10 to charge an electric bike battery pack. This will depend on what your local electricity supplier charges. With this in mind, most employers will not mind if you charge your battery at work.

Can I charge the battery by pedaling?

Some electric bikes have this feature but this requires a substantial amount of your pedal power, so be ready for one heck of a workout! Some of these same eBikes have regenerative braking that will charge the battery as you are braking, similar to the way electric cars do, but this technology is expensive and not effective for the average rider.

Throttle or Pedal Assist, Which is Best?

  

It depends on your riding preference. Some people like throttle because it allows them to cruise along with or without pedaling. Pedal assist adds assist as soon as you start pedaling and people who are used to riding conventional bikes tend to prefer this system. Many eBikes in the U.S. have both throttle and pedal assist so you may not have to choose between the systems. If you have to choose between them, make sure you spend a significant amount of time riding both systems to determine what works best for you.

 

What is a “Step Thru” eBike?

Step-thru eBikes are the compromise between the low-step and the step-over frame, and offer riders the most upright riding position and are the easiest for riders to mount and dismount by simply “stepping through” the curved frame. Step-thru bicycles are ideal for fun, casual rides, or your everyday commute to and from work and provide comfort and style with every ride. one of the most significant advantages of step-thru bikes is that they are extremely easy to get on and off.

What is a “Step-Over” eBike?

Step-over eBikes are the most popular bicycle frame that you’re used to seeing, and is popular due to its simple and robust design. Step-over frames are most commonly seen on city and road bikes, mountain bikes, high-end racing bikes, and hybrid bikes and provide riders with additional pedal power and a more balanced ride.

How much do they weigh?

Generally electric bikes range from 45 pounds to 60 pounds. Of course there are the exceptions on both sides of that range.

Can you get any exercise on an electric bike?

Absolutely! You decide how much exercise you want to get by adjusting the power assist level on the bike. One strategy is to commute to work with higher assist so you arrive with minimal to no sweat and then use a lower assist when riding home to get more of a work out and unwind from a long day.