E-bike batteries are constantly being improved as new technology is developed, but it seems that no matter how far you can go, a little more e-bike range is always better. So how can you “supersize” your remaining e-bike battery charge and increase your e-bike range?
Tip #1 – Pedal More!
It’s no secret that your e-bike is first and foremost a bike! That means in addition to your fancy motor and battery, you also have good old-fashioned pedals! Pedaling is a surefire way to increase your e-bike range at least twice as much!
When you pedal, you’re doing some of the work that would have otherwise needed to be provided by the motor. Less work for the motor means less required charge from your battery. And don’t forget that you have instant extra mileage.
Tip #2 – Use Less Throttle
Maybe you’re a little throttle happy (I know I certainly am!) and your battery is running out a bit quicker than you hoped.
The answer boils down to using your throttle less or turning down your pedal assist, if you roll that way.
Less throttle use means you have to pedal more to go faster, which is great for your mileage.
Also worthwhile to consider is being more smooth with the throttle. If you go for maximum throttle every time, it’s using a lot of energy. If you smoothly accelerate and use the throttle gently all the time, you’ll use less energy compared to full throttle every time you want to accelerate.
Tip #3 – Coasting
Coasting is another great way to increase e-bike range because it means that you won’t need to start from a stop every time you see a red light ahead. Or when you see something you have to wait to avoid.
If you’re coming to a red light, just as in your car if you coast instead of jamming the brakes at the last second you’ll maintain some speed.
If you keep up some speed, it means that when the light turns green or an obstacle is out of your way, you can smoothly accelerate.
Except, instead of accelerating from zero, you’ll still have some speed. This reduces the power needed to get you back up to your cruising speed!
Tip #4 – Slow down a bit (and enjoy life)
If you aren’t in a hurry and you aren’t trying to keep up with traffic for safety reasons, try slowing down just a tad. Even a couple miles per hour will make a significant decrease in the amount of energy you are using to maintain that speed.
Energy use vs speed isn’t linear, so dropping your speed by just 5% is actually saving a good deal more than 5% of your energy. In other words, slowing down a couple miles per hour can have a big affect on your e-bike range.