How does an Easy Motion Electric Bike work?
Easy Motion electric bikes differ from other electric bikes in that they are lighter and balanced to feel like a traditional bike. Easy Motion bikes offer both torque sensor pedal assist and power on demand (twist throttle). Pedal assist provides 4 levels of power assist that automatically support your pedaling. If you regularly commute through hilly or windblown areas, you’ll find this feature extremely helpful. Our 24-30 speed gearing options allows for ranges up to 40 miles on a single charge. The pedal assist function can be switched off when a rider wants to use the throttle mode only, no pedaling needed, just twist and go.
The Easy Motion NEO models utilize a planetary geared hub-driven motor that maximizes the power to a 1:3 assisted ratio that has been proven to outperform most mid-drive systems that are limited to a 1:2:1 assist ratio.
The highest quality Samsung Lithium ion battery powers the NEO with years of trouble free usage. You can expect approximately 3-5 years with 1,000 charges which will power the Easy Motion electric bicycle for 10,000-20,000 miles.
How far can I ride on a single charge?
The range of electric bikes can vary, but most riders are able achieve 40 miles per charge on eco-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 10-12AH. 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 electric bikes go?
How long does it take to charge the battery?
What types of batteries are available?
Battery technology continues to improve everyday. Currently, there are 3 main types of batteries used in electric bicycles:
- Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) – Lithium Ion batteries are the highest quality batteries available in today’s market. Although they cost the most money (upfront), they have the longest life and the lowest weight. Because they last 3-4 times longer than cheaper battery types, the higher cost will be negated over time. This is what all Easy Motion Neo’s have.
- Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) – NiMH is a mid-range battery chemistry that isn’t quite as common. NiMH batteries are light-weight and have an extended life span over cheaper SLA batteries. But for the most part, pre-built e-bikes due not include NiMH and it’s only available for people considering and e-bike conversion.
- Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) – Sealed lead acid batteries have been around for decades. Although they’re the cheapest form of battery technology, they have the shortest life and are extremely heavy when compared to other battery type.
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.
Will an e-bike recharge while pedaling?
Do I need to have a bike shop assemble my Easy Motion electric bike?
How much does it cost to ride an electric bike?
Not only are electric bikes fun and easy to operate – they’re very economical! It costs around $0.10 to fully charge a battery. Even with the oldest and least efficient form of battery technology (SLA), it costs less than $0.01 per mile to operate an electric bike. Li-Ion and NiMH cost even less. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a license, insurance or registration in most states – and maintenance is minimal.
Compare that to gas-powered vehicles which average about 25 miles per gallon. With gas prices at $2.50 – $4.50 per gallon, it costs about $0.15 per mile for gas alone – or 1500% more than an electric bike. Add in license costs, registration, maintenance and other fees, and the cost skyrockets. According to US Government figures, the average cost of driving and maintaining a motor vehicle in the United States is $0.54 per mile.