Electric bikes are a growing trend in the transportation industry. They offer a lot of things which is something you won’t find in the traditional bikes. The added advantages make it easier for the user to ride the bike. So, what makes electric bike different from a regular bike?
Well, it is the assist. When you pedal the electric bike, it gives you boost so you can ride more and spend as little energy as possible. You can easily ride mountains or go through your regular commute without breaking a sweat. They are also very inexpensive and easier to get your hands on.
In case you are thinking of buying an e-bike, then it is a great decision. However, one of the concerns many people have while looking for an e-bike is how long will the battery and the motor lasts. Before buying my own e-bike I also had the same questions because the e-bike is an investment and no one wants them to last just a few months.
So, in this article, we will go through these components of the e-bike and found out their longevity neglecting that there is any wear and tear on the components. We will also guide you on how you can take care of these components.
How long will the battery last?
The battery is one of the most common concerns for people looking forward to buying an e-bike. It is also one of the most important components of the e-bike and might also be the most expensive one. Unlike some other components which will wear out depending upon how much you have used the e-bike, the battery is something which can also degrade over time even if they are gone through very little use.
So, it is better to have a decent idea of how long an e-bike battery might last. Usually, a lithium-ion battery installed in an e-bike will last you around 1000 charge cycle or you can say about 3 to 5 years before the capacity begins to degrade. Nowadays the battery installed in the e-bikes comes at a cost which is one-third of the total cost of an e-bike so it is very important that you take good care of your e-bike battery to prolong its lifespan.
Here are some common tips you can follow:
How to take care of electric bike batteries?
We recommend that you always use the charger which comes with the battery. They are properly tuned according to your battery and protect them from overcharging and short circuits.
You should also let your battery cool down before charging it. Charging a battery right after its extensive use when it’s hot can degrade its lifespan.
If you are not going to use the bike for a long period of time then always make sure you charge it regularly every few months. You should also not completely drain the battery. While charging makes sure you disconnect it once it is done.
Again, coming to the storing part, try to keep it in a cool and dry place. The preferred temperature should be between 0 to 20 degrees Celsius. This means you should avoid extreme temperatures.
While cleaning the e-bike make sure you disconnect the battery and keep it away. Electricity and water don’t work together this might cause a short circuit. You can wipe the battery with a clean cloth but don’t try to submerge it into water it will kill the battery. You should also avoid using the steam-powered washer.
The Longevity of Motors
The motor is another major component in an e-bike. It generally lasts much longer than other components so you will most likely be replacing the brakes, tires, chains, and the battery multiple times before replacing the motor. This is very surprising considering it is an electrical component however when you think about how e-bikes works then it makes sense.
The motor doesn’t run all the time it only operates when we push down on the pedal, it only gives your assistance. Usually, an e-bike motor will last for around 10,000 miles at least. But this doesn’t mean that you should not take care of it. Below are some tips for each type of motor to prolong its life.
Direct Drive Hub
A direct hub motor is mounted on the front or back wheel. This type of motor doesn’t include moving parts other than bearings which are an added advantage when it comes to durability. There are only two main things which can affect this type of motor, overheating and rusting. So, try to keep the motor dry as much as possible. Avoid leaving your e-bike in a rain or dry it out when the rain is over. These small things can help you increase the longevity of the motor.
The geared hub motor is usually faster than the direct hub motor. They create more friction and wear which means a shorter life span. The geared hub motor has less longevity as compared to the direct hub motor. They need to be replaced between 3000 to 10,000 miles. If you are someone who is going to use the e-bike for a regular commute then you might have to change the motor around 2 to 3 times over the life of the e-bike.
The third type of motor is the Mid-Drive, these are connected to the crank and provides power directly to the chain. This puts a lot of stress on the drive chain and this added stress might cause the component to wear out much faster as compared to the other two-motor system. However, after purchasing such e-bike, you can get an upgraded chain that as specially made to overcome this issue.
So, this was everything you need to know about the lifespan or the battery and the motor of an e-bike. We have also shared some common tips you can apply in your daily use which will help you increase the longevity of these components.
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We hope you liked the tips and info. Enjoy the day riding the e-bike. We will be back with another update soon.