Electric scooters are all the rage lately among young and old, and for several different reasons. For starters, they are a great and highly affordable alternative to petrol powered scooters, which needless to say reduces the rider’s carbon footprint. That said, one of the common questions potential and current riders have is with regards to the longevity of an electric scooter, so here’s the lowdown.
What Type of Battery does an Electric Scooter?
Electric scooters are powered by batteries, and in this regard, there are two common types to choose from – lithium ion or lithium polymer battery. The former generally offers a higher energy density and costs less to manufacture, whereas the latter is sleeker and thinner, which perhaps makes the overall weight of the scooter lighter. Both types of batteries are available in several different voltages, most commonly 36 volts and 48 volts.
When riding your electric scooter, it is not only a good idea to charge it fully before heading out, but is also important to keep tabs on the distance you can travel before replenishing its battery juice. This can make a world of a difference in planning your electric scooter rides.
Most of the best electric scooter models are fitted with a display in the handlebar, which indicates speed, and distance that can be covered in kilometers before the next battery charge. After charging the battery, each electric scooter can run for a certain distance per charge, which varies across models. It is important that you research this information beforehand, because this dictates how often you will need to charge the electric vehicle depending on the type of commutes such as short or long distance.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Battery?
Getting to the lifespan of a scooter battery, it’s hard to give you an exact number because there are several factors that come into play. These include how often you ride the vehicle, how you ride it and how often you charge the battery. But to give you a rough idea, electric scooter batteries can last anywhere between 1 – 3 years, and can be replaced with a new one once they are completely dead.
Comparatively, car batteries tend to last between 3 – 5 years on average, but cars are also much more expensive and their batteries are much bigger in size. Even though electric scooter batteries last a certain amount of time, there are a few things you can do to extend their service life.
One of the most important things to remember is to charge the battery after each ride, which ensures that it’s ready to ride the next time, and also adds to its overall durability. You should charge the battery regularly even though you don’t use it often to ensure that the battery is not completely dead.
If you ride the scooter all day long or over longer distances, be sure to let the battery cool off before charging it. The last thing you want to do is plug it in a heated battery into an electric outlet. With regards to the overall lifespan, electric scooter can with proper maintenance should last a while, anywhere between 3 – 5 years+.
All in all, electric scooters are a great option compared to petrol models, and their batteries and other components should last for years to come with proper care. However, it is also important take your electric scooter in for professional maintenance, which again is less frequently than petrol powered scooters, given that they are equipped with less moving parts.