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MICWhen you buy a bike, you’re probably going to consider the MPG. But what if you buy an electric bike? How do you determine the range of a bike that isn’t powered by gas?

Electric motorcycle manufacturers have their own ways of determining a bike’s range, but there isn’t an industry standard. The MIC hopes to change that with the City Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles.

Developed by the MIC’s Electric Vehicle Task Force, the City Riding Range Test Procedure will determine how far a bike will travel on a single charge.

“Widespread adoption of this new standard could really help shoppers who are looking to purchase an electric motorcycle,” said Larry Little, chairman of the MIC Board of Directors. “The MIC is the perfect place to unite various stakeholders and reach consensus on workable test procedures that will benefit both consumers and manufacturers.”

Electric motorcycle manufacturers will not be forced to use the City Riding Range Test, but the MIC is confident that most manufacturers will adapt the new method.

The MIC procedure is based on the Urban All-Electric Range Test that is used in California for electric cars.

From an MIC press release:

“Starting with a fully charged battery, range is determined based on the distance that can be traveled before the vehicle is no longer able to keep up with a specified speed-time profile. The basic driving cycle in the protocol sets top speed at 56.7 mph and average speed at 19.6 mph. A low-speed driving cycle, with a top speed of 36.5 mph and an average speed of 17.7 mph, is used for vehicles with a maximum speed under 56.7 mph but not below 20 mph. The MIC test procedure is not intended for vehicles with a top speed under 20 mph.”

Brammo, Quantya, and Zero, the major producers of electric bikes, all have at least one representative on the MIC’s Electric Vehicle Task Force.

“It’s vital for electric motorcycle manufacturers to have standards that we can agree on and that customers will find useful,” said Scot Harden, vice president of global marketing for Zero Motorcycles in Santa Cruz, Calif. “We appreciate the much-needed efforts of the MIC, and everyone connected with the Electric Vehicle Task Force, as more and more electric motorcycles emerge on the market.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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