If you're in the process of discovering what electric bikes are all about, you have probably asked the essential question, "How far can I go on a single charge?"
The most honest answer you'll get should be a very definite, "It depends."
Manufacturers, marketing material, and brand websites love to make claims about an electric bike's stated range, and it should be noted that, yes, sometimes you can get that 75, 100, or 127 miles per charge. But...it depends. How fast do you ride? How hilly is your ride? How much are you hauling along with you? How cold is it? How much effort do you apply to the pedals?
Enter Bosch, the premier manufacturer of electric bike systems, with their eBike Range Assistant. While the range assistant is designed to work with any of the four Bosch motors - Active Line, Performance, CX, and Speed - the site is also helpful in allowing those looking to answer the "how far?" question about any e-bike to visualize the many variables at play in establishing functional range.
The most important lesson for anyone looking at owning an electric bike is to realize that how far you can go on a single charge depends a great deal on knowing what those variables are that influence range. Once you have ridden your e-bike a few times and seen how many miles of ordinary use it takes to drain your battery, you will have a good sense of what your own effective range is. And, if your goal is to go farther on a charge, the most effective ways to increase your range are to keep your speed down, shift gears to maximize efficiency, and use the bike's lowest level of electric assist whenever possible.
If you are still researching which bike is right for you, definitely make a point of talking to your local e-bike expert to find out what their experience is with a particular bike's functional range as compared to its manufacturer's stated range. At Piccadilly Cycles, we have found that even the same manufacturer will often make several competing claims about their bike's range, which to us simply drives home the point that ultimately the most honest answer to the "how far will it go?" question is, "it depends!"