How far can I ride on a single charge?
The range of electric bikes can vary, but most riders are able achieve 20-60 miles on a single charge. One of the main factors in determining how far you can travel on a single charge is how much assistance you provide. Rated by amp hours (AH), the typical e-bike battery has a capacity of 10-13AH. Without pedaling, riders can expect a range equal to this rating (ie: 10AH = 10 miles). Obviously, the more pedaling you do, the less strain on the battery and the more range you’ll achieve.
Other factors that can have a big impact are wind, weather, tire pressure and terrain. If you live in a hilly area or have lots of steep inclines – expect less range from your e-bike. Larger riders or people carrying heavy loads can also expect reduced output.
Throttle control vs. pedal assist?
Our electric bikes are throttle controlled and pedal assisted – you use a throttle to control power and speed. To get started, simply twist the throttle to accelerate and hold it to maintain speed. We also offer ‘pedal assist’ and power is applied automatically. Once you start pedaling, a torque sensor picks up your movement and power integrates seamlessly while you ride. Just pedal and go. Once you use the brakes or quit pedaling, the power is deactivated and you need to pedal again (lightly) to re-activate pedal assistance.
For people who prefer full control, a throttle is a nice option since it operates just like a motorcycle. But if you’re looking for simplified operation, pedal assist is great because it does all the work automatically. Keep in mind: you have to pedal (lightly) for power to be applied with pedal assist. With a throttle, no pedaling is required at all. Please Note: Most of our e-bike models include pedal assist (PAS) and a throttle.
How fast can I go on an e-bike?
- Class 1: What makes a class 1 e-bike a Class 1 you may ask yourself? Well to begin with a Class 1 e-bike is classified as class 1 when it has pedal assist only and tops off at 20 mph and no throttle. What is pedal assist? An electric motor with pedal assist is an e-bike whose drive system is only activated once you start pedaling. Once you start pedaling you will be able to get up to 20 mph on your e-bike.
- Class 2: What makes a Class 2 e-bike a Class 2 e-bike? A Class 2 e-bike features a throttle that maxes out at 20mph. What is a throttle/how does it work? A throttle is a feature of e-bikes have that can come in a grip-twist or thumb button where you hold it down and the bike takes off without you having to be pedaling. The throttle is limited to a certain speed for safety and regulation reasons. However, the bike may go up to 28 mph while using pedal assist.
- Class 3: A Class 3 e-bike features Pedal Assist only and tops off at 28mph. A Class 3 e-bike can also have a throttle but the throttle will max out at 20 mph.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
How long will the battery last?
Battery life will vary depending on the type of battery you choose and how well you maintain it. Typically, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries last the longest – anywhere from 700-1000+ charges. Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries have a life span of about 500-700 charges, while sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries last between 300-500 charges.
To extend the life of your battery, charge the battery regularly and promptly after each use. If you store your bike for prolonged periods of time, both the batteries and charger should be stored at temperatures above freezing and recharged every 4-6 weeks. The longer a battery sits uncharged, the faster the life will be reduced.
How does South Carolina define what an electric bike is?
E-bikes lack a specific classification under current South Carolina traffic laws. However, “e-bikes” are “vehicles” and are therefore subject to the requirements for “vehicles.”
Do you need a license, insurance or registration in South Carolina?
E-bikes equipped with motors that have a power output of less than 750 watts are specifically exempt from the definition of “moped.” Therefore, e-bikes are not subject to requirements that apply to “mopeds,” such as licensing and registration.
What are the restrictions on Motor power or throttle in South Carolina?
If your e-bike was a power output higher than 750w you need licensing and registration to operate it.
Are there any age restrictions to riding an electric bike in South Carolina?
There aren’t any age restrictions to riding an electric bike in South Carolina.
What are the laws around helmets in South Carolina?
There aren’t any laws around wearing helmets and electric bikes in South Carolina. Helmets are required for regular bike riders under the age of 18.
What are the rules for riding on the road in South Carolina?
E-bikes are subject to the rules of the road that apply to vehicles.
Can I ride my e-bike off-road & dirt trails?
Often, Class 1 e-bikes can be ridden anywhere traditional bikes are allowed; however, more stringent restrictions may be enforced at the local, state, or federal level. You should check with the specific land or park owner to be certain.