This is a very common question that is asked about every kind of device and not just about electric scooters. It is an important piece of information that we need to know before buying a product because we need to rely on said product. This is especially true for electric scooters. Since it is probably going to be your transportation vehicle for the next few years, it makes sense that you want to know about the battery’s lifespan. Although, if you have to keep in mind that I am unable to provide you with a straightforward answer to this question because there are thousands of different models on the market.
However, out of all those different models, it is possible to find an average and I can also use the most used and most popular electric scooters as a reference.
I think that it is also important to mention that this kind of question can have two different meanings. It could be referencing one cycling charge or the entire lifespan of the battery. Since most companies and product pages tell you the exact lifespan of one cycling charge, I want to focus on the long-term lifespan of a battery in this article.
What is a charging cycle?
Before we can get into the topic, you need to clear things up. Previously, I mentioned something that is called a charging cycle. This is a process that can be found in all kinds of rechargeable batteries, no matter whether they are for e-scooters, phones, or even remote controllers.
I do not think I have to get into this too much because I think it is quite obvious. Once the battery drops to zero percent, it is completely discharged and when you plug it in, it reaches 100% and that is one entire charge cycle. Every battery cell has a certain number of cycles it can go.
Nowadays, with the advanced technology that we have, most devices can go through thousands of charging cycles and still retain at least 80% of the original capacity of the battery. At 5000 or 6000 Chargers, the original capacity could drop to 50%, but it is still usable.
This long-lasting feature is great for phones, tablets, laptops, but more importantly, electric scooters.
How many charging cycles can the average electric scooter handle?
Now once it is clear what the cycles actually are, it is time to focus more on electric scooters. Of course, the answer to this question is going to vary depending on the model. Some scooters come equipped with a 72 V 42 Ah battery pack which is probably going to last more cycles than the average 10 Ah pack.
However, let us take one example, one of the more popular options on the market, and see what it has to offer.
The Turbo X7 Pro is one of those popular options nowadays because it is quite lightweight, it offers great safety and it is made out of high-quality materials. It is a product that satisfies all ranges.
Since it is so lightweight, we can figure out that it does not have a huge range because of a smaller battery pack, but it is probably more than enough to get around a city. From what I could find on the official website, it is apparent that it comes with a 10 Ah pack. As I said, it is not a lot of range, but it is more than enough to get you around the city. According to turboant, it has a range of around 25 to 30 miles.
Even with all of these bits of information, we cannot exactly know the lifespan of the batteries. However, with the information that is available online, we can figure out that it probably has around 7000 charging cycles available. Once it reaches 7000, the original capacity of the batteries is going to drop around 30 or 40% which is quite low. In other words, you only have a range of 10 miles. That is not enough to get you around the city.
However, you have to remember that 7000 charging cycles are almost 10 years even with regular use.
Let’s do some math
Whether you are in any way familiar with batteries or not, 7000 charging cycles sound like a lot. And it is a lot, but can we turn that into data that anyone could understand? Yes, we can, but to do that will need to do a little bit of math.
The previously mentioned model, the Turboant X7 Pro has a range of 25 miles on average. Every charging cycle can deliver those 25 miles. 70,000 cycles multiplied by 25 miles is 175,000 miles in the lifespan of the electric scooter. In other words, that is a lot of distance that you can cover with just an e-scooter.
Keep in mind, 175,000 miles done on a car is much different than on an electric scooter. The mileage found on vehicles do not count the distance traveled very accurately.
However, even my calculations are not 100% accurate because you also have to consider the fact that the original capacity of the battery will start to drop after 500 to 1000 charging cycles. Unfortunately, to calculate dad, we need even more complicated math, but I do not think that it is necessary. The total possible distance to travel on that one 10 Ah battery is still going to be over 130,000 miles.
The average lifespan of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries is just three or four years after they go through 300 to 500 charge cycles. But, it is important to acknowledge that all kinds of batteries are counted in this average. Those that are only a few hundred milliamps and others that are several dozen Amps.
Larger batteries that are regularly used on electric scooters have a much longer lifespan. I would say that the average is somewhere between 4000 to 10,000 charging cycles which is over 100,000 miles either way.
As you can see, the batteries used in electric scooters are much more durable than the ones that are used for smaller devices such as laptops, phones, or tablets. With this information, I gave you I hope that you will now have a much better understanding of how long the battery of an e-scooter can last.