How We Test Electric Rides

A closer look our data-driven product test methodology

How We Gather Data

Accuracy and precision are paramount to us. We use a Vbox Sport GPS data logger, a professional-grade instrument designed to precisely measure the performance of moving vehicles. We process, analyze, and compare our data within the VBox Sport Suite — a comprehensive software bundle designed for handling this data.

The data tells us everything we need to know about the performance during a ride. We accurately measure top speed, acceleration, range, hill climbing ability, and braking distance.

Our Testing Standards

To ensure a consistent basis for comparison across all our performance tests, we adhere to stringent rules to maintain uniform test conditions. These include:

  • Engaging a test rider weighing between 170-180 lbs.
  • Inflating air tires as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Conducting tests in weather conditions ranging from 10-25 degrees Celsius.
  • Ensuring the roads are dry and free from rain.
  • Fully charging the product before initiating the tests.
  • Completing a maintenance check before riding to ensure brakes, lights, and other essential features function properly
  • Enabling the highest performance mode

Our Performance Tests

We benchmark various areas of performance for each product we test. Each performance test follows a strict guideline to ensure data can be compared across models.

Top Speed Test

Our top speed test is conducted on a smooth, flat stretch of road, with enough distance to reach and sustain its top speed for a minimum of ten seconds. This ensures we reach the full motor performance potential. To account for winds, the test is conducted twice in opposite directions, whereafter the top speed is averaged between the two runs.

The test is conducted while the product has at least 80% battery left.

Acceleration Test

Our acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat roadway, commencing from a standstill and accelerating rapidly until the product's top speed is attained.

For products capable of zero-start, we utilize this feature; otherwise, a 'kick-off' initiates the test to ensure comparable results between kick-to-start and zero-start products.

In instances where acceleration sensitivity is adjustable, the test is performed at the maximum setting.

The test is conducted when the product has at least 80% battery left.

Each product undergoes a minimum of ten test runs to ascertain median, maximum, and minimum acceleration values.

We note the average and fastest time for the following intervals where applicable:

  • 0-15 MPH (24.1 KMH)
  • 0-20 MPH (32.2 KMH)
  • 0-25 MPH (40.2 KMH)
  • 0-30 MPH (48.3 KMH)
  • 0-35 MPH (56.3 KMH)
  • 0-40 MPH (64.4 KMH)
  • 0-Top Speed

Hill Climbing Test

We measure hill climbing ability on a 250-foot (76 m) smooth road with an average incline of 8%. The test is initiated from a standstill with a “kick-off.”

The test is conducted when the product has at least 80% battery left.

We run this test at least five times and note the average speed (in MPH) and seconds it takes to complete the test.

Range Test

We take immense pride in boasting the industry's most comprehensive range test setup.

Unlike competitors who conduct a single test, we evaluate a product's range capabilities at three distinct speeds, providing a well-rounded overview of anticipated performance across varying conditions.

All range tests are conducted on a consistent commute, encompassing smooth and bumpy roads, city start-stop traffic, a countryside stretch, and some minor hills, all on asphalt.

All range tests commence with a 100% battery charge and proceed until the product either shuts off due to low battery or can no longer propel the rider forward."

Test #1: Speed Priority

In this test, we maintain the highest average speed possible, typically yielding the least mileage.

Test #2: Regular

The second test is what we consider the most accurate real-world representation of range. It balances speed and mileage without sacrificing either. Despite riding at a slower average speed, the test is still conducted at the highest possible speed setting.

Test #3: Range Priority

The last test focuses on pushing mileage by riding economically, utilizing regen braking (if applicable), and maintaining a lower average speed. The test is still concluded in the highest speed setting.

For each completed range test, we record both the distance traveled and the average speed. To ensure the accuracy of our average speed data and mitigate discrepancies arising from pauses or slow traffic, we filter out any data falling below 20% of the captured top speed from our analysis.

Braking Test

We measure the braking distance from 15 MPH to a full stop on a smooth, flat surface.

All brakes are applied simultaneously (excluding the rear wheel friction brake, if present), with maximum force yet avoiding wheel lockup.

This test is conducted a minimum of ten times. We note the average braking distance (in feet).

Independent Dimensions & Weight Measurements

Through years of testing, we've occasionally encountered discrepancies between the dimensions and weight measurements provided by the manufacturers and our own precise measurements.

This has reinforced our commitment to conducting thorough, independent assessments to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information we provide.

All products are weighed using a high-precision scale. Also, the following dimensions are carefully measured where applicable:

  • Unfolded dimensions
  • Folded dimensions
  • Usable deck size
  • Ground clearance
  • Tire size
  • Handlebar width
  • Deck-to-handlebar height

Stress & Wear Testing

We subject each ride to a stress and wear testing regimen to evaluate its durability and reliability over time.

This includes a series of controlled tests simulating common real-world conditions and challenges these rides may encounter. From vibration and impact tests to repeated usage and environmental exposure, our goal is to uncover any potential weaknesses or points of failure.

By closely examining how these products withstand stress and wear, we aim to provide our readers with an honest, in-depth understanding of the long-term value and reliability they can expect.

The testing scope encompasses, but is not limited to:

  • Rainy conditions test rides
  • Fender splash assessments
  • Operating folding mechanisms 100 times
  • Engaging kickstands 500 times
  • Wiggle and stem flex evaluation
  • Suspension performance test

We understand that a single ride isn’t sufficient for a thorough evaluation. Therefore, we have a 150-mile minimum rule, ensuring each product goes through multiple performance tests, battery cycles, and exposure to diverse weather and road conditions.

Constantly Evolving

At ERideHero, we continuously improve our testing methods. As the electric ride industry advances, we update our protocols to stay relevant.

We adopt new technologies and adapt to new trends to ensure our reviews are accurate and trustworthy.

We aim to provide readers with reliable, up-to-date insights to help them make informed decisions in this fast-changing market. We want each review to be better than our last.