Most bike trips, more than 95%, are for 4 miles or less. So we thought it would be great to have an ebike designed for those journeys, to work, to the shops, down the pub. So the Whippet has a battery sized for those trips. Why drag around a big heavy battery when you never go that far? (Next time you go for a 90 mile ebike trip, drop us a line, we'd love to hear about it!)
It's impossible to give an really accurate range for the Whippet as there are very many variables: wind strength and direction, tyre pressure, rider weight, fitness of rider, steepness of hills, how often you stop and start in traffic, whether you use the pedal assist all the time.
Having said that, in practice we've found that if you use electric assist all the time on the maximum power setting then for urban trips in hilly Bristol the battery will take you about 25 miles (40 km). So of course if you use the lower power settings or sometimes switch the power off, for instance going downhill, then the range will be greater.
The battery takes about two hours to charge to 80% from empty so if needs be you can recharge at work or over lunch using the small light charger provided.