Electric motors are complicated! If all the wattages, amp hours, and volts is not something you understand, our simple guide will help you understand how an electric motor works so you can compare different models and brands accurately. First let's start off by clearing up the confusion caused by others.
What is a "Peak" Watt?
Many electric bike companies advertise "Peak" watts, this leads people to believe their bikes are capable of a short term power boost however this is not the case at all. "Peak" watts is typically used as the wattage that leaves the battery and is easily calculated by multiplying the Voltage & Current, however is not your actual power output.
Power is not determined by the battery
A larger battery will not increase the power output by the motor, but only give you more range. A battery must be able to output enough current to meet the demands of the motor so a bigger motor may require a larger battery, but further increases in capacity will not increase the motor power.
Power is complicated!
The actual power output of your bicycle depends on the motor and controller. The controller delivers electrical energy to your motor, and your motor turns it into acceleration. The two must be designed to match each other.
Which power are people advertising?
Historically manufacturers advertised the output of the motor ( #2 in picture above) as this is what laws regulate.
Recently some brands started advertising the power that comes out of the battery ( #1 in the picture above) because this gives you a much larger number as it does not include the efficiency of the controller and motor. This is extremely misleading and unfair to consumers who think they are getting a better quality bike than they actually are.
Which do you advertise?
We advertise power output, not the input. Our 500W output motors have the same power as many of our competitors 750W systems as they are advertising "Peak Watts" not actual power output.
The Proof Is In The Pudding
Here we have our VeeGo Fat Tire with 500 Watts of Output against our competitors 'Powerful 750 Watt' Bicycle. Not only is the VeeGo at an alleged 250 watt disadvantage, the rider also weighs 30 pounds more! If you went strictly by the advertised wattage the competitors bike should be 70% faster!