Even if the use of electric scooters is not yet a reflex among city dwellers, we can see a growing presence of these vehicles that are gradually replacing combustion engines, whether for personal use or for home delivery companies.
When buying an electric scooter, some doubts may arise; how long is the battery life? How to recharge the scooter? Scoot Quarterly was built to help commuters in choosing the right e-scooters for their daily lives.
The majority of batteries are generally made of Lithium and have an estimated lifetime of between 1000 and 1500 full charge cycles. Unlike older lead batteries, lithium batteries have a “memory effect”, which allows them to be recharged several times a day without any problems.
Easy ways to recharge your electric scooter
The recharging process has evolved at a dizzying pace in recent years and nowadays this has become very simple. Depending on the scooter model, the batteries may or may not be removable. In any case, it is now possible to recharge the scooter or batteries at any socket as if it were a mobile phone. We don’t stop progress, do we?
Easily recharge at a domestic outlet
If your electric scooter has removable batteries, you can recharge your scooter in the easiest way possible. Take the batteries out of the scooter, take them home, to the office or to your garage and connect them with a cable that will be provided by the manufacturer to a 220-volt household outlet. (Schuko type)
The duration of the full charge can vary between 3 and 6 hours and will depend on the size of the scooter battery. The process of charging the battery at home is longer than through the charging points made available in cities, which is quite normal because the domestic plug is not specifically made for charging an electric vehicle.
Note that you can recharge the scooter at any time, it is not necessary to wait until the battery is dead to recharge it. Then, we will see together that it is recommended to do a complete recharging cycle every 2 months in order to maintain an optimal state of battery performance.
Recharging points in streets and public car parks
Whether or not your electric scooter has removable batteries, you can also recharge it at the various charging points that exist in cities and car parks (shopping centres and hotels). You can consult the list of charging points in Europe in this link.
The majority of charging points in the city are normal charging points (between 10 and 16kw of power). Sometimes, accelerated recharge points (up to 22Kw) are also available.
The best option are the fast charging points between (43 and 80 kW).
Tips for taking care of your electric scooter’s battery
The maintenance of an electric scooter is much less heavy than for a thermal scooter and therefore less expensive.
The battery life depends on several factors, including battery size, driving, driver weight and the type of terrain used. Taking these variables into account, a lithium battery can have a range between 45 and 100 km, depending on the model of the scooter.
It is important to use the batteries correctly in order to prolong their life.
Do not expose the battery of your scooter to high temperatures. Heat can negatively affect the performance of the latter, which is why we recommend that you never park in the sun for too long.
Try to do a full recharge cycle every two months. This means that the battery must be completely flat before it can be recharged. It is important that the recharging is 100%, and that the recharging process is not interrupted.
Driving style can affect battery performance. Excessive “sporty driving” can damage the battery in the long term because it can cause overheating.
Disconnect the battery once it has reached 100%. It is not recommended to leave the scooter/battery connected once the charging cycle is completed as this may affect its performance in the future.
Finally, if you know that you will not use your scooter for several days or weeks, it is recommended to leave the battery level above 50%. If they are removable batteries, take them out and keep them in a cool, ventilated place to prevent them from heating unnecessarily.