How Fast Do Electric Bikes Go? | Over 28 Mph?

How Fast Do Electric Bikes Go? | Over 28 Mph?

Electric bikes give many people the impression that they are a type of vehicle with poor battery life and slow speed. It is not comparable to motorcycles which are also two-wheeled vehicles. But with the development of electric bike technology, such an impression is very stereotyped. So now, how fast do electric bikes go? We will now explore the factors that affect the speed of an electric bike and provide a comprehensive understanding.

First of all, the top speed of electric bikes is limited by law.

Electric Bike Classification Speed Limits.

In the United States, electric bikes are generally classified as Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. Their top speeds are respectively restricted.
Class 1 e-bikes can only go up to 20 mph, and their electric motors only engage when the user is cranking the pedals.
Class 2 e-bikes have the same 20 mph cap on top speed. Unlike class 1, you can use the throttle.
Class 3 e-bikes, commonly called speed e-bikes, are e-bikes capable of a top speed of 28 mph.

electric bike class division

Geolocation-Based Speed Limits.

Different states may have different speed limits for e-bikes. Here's a general overview of e-bike top speed limits in some major U.S. states:

California: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph; Class 3 - up to 28 mph
New York: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph; Class 3 - up to 25 mph
Texas: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph;
Florida: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph; Class 3 - up to 28 mph
Pennsylvania: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph; Class 3 - up to 28 mph
Illinois: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph; Class 3 - up to 28 mph
Ohio: Class 1 and 2 - up to 20 mph; Class 3 - up to 28 mph

Note: Class 3 e-bikes are restricted in some states, including Texas and Tennessee.

Factors Affecting the Speed of an Electric Bike

The top speed of an e-bike is affected by a variety of factors, including motor power, battery capacity, bike weight and rider weight, terrain and environmental factors, pedal assist level, and more.

Motor power

Different types of motors and their different power ratings can affect the speed of an e-bike. Generally speaking, the higher the power rating, the faster the speed. For example, Euybike's S4 electric moped bike is equipped with a powerful 1000W rear hub brushless motor, which is 5-8 MPH faster than the 500W motor of the Euybike K6 folding bike. This refers to the same rear hub motor. If it is a mid-mounted motor, its torque and speed will be greater and faster, but the price will also be more expensive.

Battery capacity

Battery capacity refers to the size of battery storage power, which is the core of electric bikes, directly affects the mileage and speed of bicycles, and is the most important factor affecting the battery life of electric vehicles. Ignoring other factors, the larger the battery capacity, the longer the battery life of the electric vehicle.
The specification of battery volts is also the core of electric bicycles. Under the same circumstances, a 60V20Ah battery lasts longer than a 48V20Ah battery. Euybike’s bicycle batteries all use 48V specifications, which is the most stable battery volts for a comprehensive comparison. Usually volts The larger the number, the more unstable the battery.

eBike weight and rider weight

The bike and rider weight can also play a big role in speed, if you weigh 300lbs then it is to be expected that e-bikes will be slow to ride.
The weight of an electric bike is mainly in the frame and battery. Euybike's ebike models use high-carbon steel, 6061 aluminum alloy, and magnesium alloy, each of which has different characteristics and weights. Choose the bike that suits you according to your situation.

Terrain and Environmental Factors

Different terrains also affect the top speed of the bike. The best terrain is of course a flat road, which can play the bike's top speed. If you're on the beach or out in the wild, it's hard to ride at full speed. All Euy e-bikes will go through a speed test. We generally use a flat road and a 170lbs boy to test the e-bicycle's maximum speed. Riding in rainy and windy weather is unsafe, and the speed will also be affected.

Pedal Assist Level

Pedal assist is a great e-bike invention that lets us not just rely on the throttle. Generally, the faster you pedal, the faster you will go. If you can pedal fast then you will overtake the motorcycle.
Pedal assist can also make you forget about throttle, enjoy sports and live a healthy life.

How to Increase Your Electric Bike's Speed

Upgrading motors, batteries, and other components

According to the tip of the article, you should upgrade the motor and battery, etc. Missing. I know many people modify the top speed of electric bicycles to 50MPH or even 80MPH, which is very dangerous. Be aware, however, that modified e-bikes have safety concerns and will lose warranty support. 

Proper bike maintenance

The top speed of a e-bike is inseparable from bike maintenance. E-bikes should be maintained after half a year or one year, such as by removing dirt, dust, rust, etc. on the bike. After cleaning, you can apply ebike lubricant and replace the brake pads. Check out our previous e-bike maintain articles to learn more. 

Rider Technique and Efficiency

Improving the efficiency and efficiency of the rider's riding technique can allow the bicycle to reach more top speeds. Recommended protective gear for e-bike riders

In conclusion

The determining factors of the top speed of an electric bicycle are mainly legal limit, motor, battery, weight, terrain and safety, pay attention to safety and abide by local regulations during riding. Don't wait any longer, and explore the world of electric bikes through Euybike now.

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