When considering buying an electric scooter to provide you with a much easier commute to school or work, one of the biggest worries you may have is whether or not the electric scooter you buy will make it through the day without dying.
How far an electric scooter can take you is one of the most important specifications when someone is looking to purchase one. Let’s face it, if the scooter can’t actually get you to and from your destination regularly with power to spare, then why bother?
But how far do electric scooters go? And what factors can change that?
The average electric scooter riding range is under 14 miles with a full charge. You can always get a longer ride if you make sure you drive the scooter on as smooth as a road as possible as well as not pushing the known specifications of the scooter.
For instance, if you know that the scooter isn’t rated for hills but you make it try and go up a small hill near your house. Even if you don’t think it should be that big of a deal it could still take a chunk of power out of your battery to get you to to the top.
What Affects The Riding Range Of An Electric Scooter?
There are several reasons why your electric scooter may not get the mileage that it’s rated for:
- You’re too heavy for the scooter specs
- You’re riding too fast
- You’re going up too many hills or too steep a hill
- You don’t allow a full charge before usage
- Improper maintenance of your scooter
Make sure you know what your particular electric scooter can do with regards to hill climbing (usually represented in a % grade of slope of the hill) as well as how heavy of a rider it can support.
If you ride at the top end of the speed capability of your scooter all the time the scooter’s charge will definitely fail a lot sooner than if you operated more in the middle of the range of its speed.
Charging a scooter should be done when the scooter is not in use. Charging overnight is highly recommended if you use your scooter frequently. Most electric scooters batteries won’t be negatively affected by being left in a charger overnight. Check your manual when you get your scooter to make sure that this is alright, however.
Finally, make sure that your scooter is properly maintained. Take a look at our article on How To Repair An Electric Scooter and check out the information on how to maintain an electric scooter at its peak efficiency.
Which Scooter Has The Longest Riding Range?
The Dualtron Thunder has a riding range up to 75 miles. This is easily the longest riding range I’ve seen on the market.
You’re gonna pay for that, though. Right now the price is at $3,790 from MiniMotors USA. This scooter is a beast. 5400 watt motor. 50 mph capability.
Cheaper than a car or a motorcycle, too.
What About An Electric Scooter Range Extender?
Range extenders are auxiliary power units that can be attached to the electric scooter to provide additional power for a longer rider time and range. They are popular for a variety of electric vehicles right now.
I’ve not yet found a small enough unit that would work well as an electric scooter extender, but those are sure to come soon. It may be that they are more available overseas. As soon as I find one commercially available in the States I will update that here.
What Does It Mean When My Riding Range Starts Decreasing?
What if you’re riding your electric around town, to work and school, and you start noticing that your battery charge seems to be lower at the end of the day than usual? Even worse, what if your battery suddenly dies on you when you weren’t expecting it?
First thing you want to check is the appearance of the battery. Is it clean? Is there any corrosion? Clean off any corrosion with an iron brush. Clean the battery with a damp towel if needed.
If the battery looks clean and good, then check your charger next. Is there any visible damage? Are the prongs that go into the wall secure and straight? If there’s any damage to the charger, then just replace it.
If all that looks good, then it could be that your battery pack is starting to fail. One easy way to check that is to get a multimeter to check the voltage your battery puts out. If its less than the battery specifications, then it’s time to change out the battery.
Can I Upgrade The Battery On My Electric Scooter To Give It Longer Range?
The bottom line is yes. Usually.
Before we go any further, a quick disclaimer: don’t go messing around with the electrical system on your electric scooter unless you are trained and knowledgeable with electronics.
Electric scooter batteries and charging units have been known to catch on fire when something goes wrong, so keep that in mind when reading the rest of this article.
Electric scooters batteries usually come in 3 different types:
- Nickel Metal Hydride Battery (NiMH)
- Sealed Lead Acid Battery (SLA)
- Lithium-Ion Battery (Li-ion)
They also come with a variety of capabilities, usually involving specifications like voltage (v) and amphere hours(aH).
If your battery has specs of 12v x 6ah, the upgrading the battery to a 12 v x 18 aH will provide a longer riding range. However, it needs to be a similar, or smaller, size battery to fit back into the battery compartment as before and it needs to have the same type of connectors.
If there’s an electric scooter or electric bike store in your area, then they will likely have trained technicians who can help you with the upgrade. If you want to purchase a replacement or upgrade battery yourself, check out Electric Scooter Parts.
Riding range is one of the most important features to any electric scooter. Make sure you purchase an electric scooter that can ride as long as you need it to, and keep it properly maintained and charged so it continues to give you that great riding distance.