8 things that drain an e-bike's battery and how to avoid them

Where you ride and how much you rely on your motor make a big difference to range

customer inspects an ebike battery
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As with electric cars, range anxiety can be at the back of the mind of e-bike riders. No-one wants to be hauling the extra weight of a flat battery up the last hill before reaching home. There’s plenty you can do to extend your e-bike’s battery range though, however limited it may look on paper.

Clearly, the e-bike battery’s capacity will be a key determinant of your range. There’s a compromise that designers need to make between having abundant range and the additional weight that a larger battery will have. Where they draw that line will depend on the electric bike’s intended use. 

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.