How Long Do Electric Bike Batteries Last?

March 29, 2024


The lifespan of an e-bike battery depends on usage, maintenance and battery type, and typically lasts 3 to 5 years before it may need to be replaced, which equates to approximately 1,000 to 1,500 charge cycles.


This article will look at the factors that affect the life of these batteries and how proper maintenance can extend their useful life.

What Are the Types of Electric Bicycle Batteries?

Electric bike typically use several different types of batteries, each with different lifespans and characteristics. Here are some common types of electric bicycle batteries:

Lithium-ion batteries: These batteries are lightweight, low-maintenance, and have no memory effect. They typically last 1,000 to 1,500 charge cycles, or about 3 to 5 years.

Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH): Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries are heavier and have lower energy density, but they are more environmentally friendly and generally cost less than lithium-ion batteries. It typically lasts between 500 and 1,000 charge cycles, or approximately 2 to 4 years.

Lead-acid batteries (Lead Acid): Lead-acid batteries are very low cost, but they are heavy, bulky and have low energy density. Lead-acid batteries have a shorter life, typically lasting 200 to 500 charge cycles, or about 1 to 3 years.

Lithium Polymer (LiPo): Lithium polymer batteries are a variant of lithium-ion batteries that cost more and typically last 500 to 1,000 charge cycles, about 3 to 5 years.

What Factors Affect Battery Life?

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The length of electric bicycle battery life can be affected by many factors, including:

Battery type: Battery type has a significant impact on lifespan. Lithium-ion batteries are the most commonly used type on the market today because of their high energy density, long cycle life, and low self-discharge rate. Different brands and qualities of batteries will have different performance and durability.

Charge and discharge cycles: Each battery has a predetermined number of charge and discharge cycles, usually between 1,000 and 1,500 times. Each charge and discharge of a battery slightly reduces its ability to store energy, so frequent charging and discharging shorten the overall life of the battery.

Charging habits: The charging habits of a battery also have an impact on its lifespan. For example, frequently charging the battery to 100% or discharging it to 0% may accelerate the decline of battery capacity.

Temperature and climate conditions: Battery performance and life are greatly affected by temperature. Extreme high or low temperatures can damage the battery and shorten its life. Too high a temperature will accelerate the decomposition of chemicals inside the battery, while too low a temperature will reduce the battery's effective capacity.

Frequency of use and riding habits: The frequency of battery use and riding habits of the e-bike will also affect battery life. Heavy loads, frequent starts and stops, and prolonged use of electric assist will increase the burden on the battery and may cause the battery to age faster.

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Examples of Service Life of Electric Bicycle Batteries

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Below is a table showing the typical lifespan of different makes and models of e-bikes and their batteries. This table can help you understand the performance and life expectancy of different e-bikes.

BrandModelBattery TypeTypical Battery LifeTotal Lifespan
GiantExplore E+Lithium-ion1000 charge cycles5-6 years
SpecializedTurbo LevoLithium-ion800 charge cycles4-6 years
Rad PowerRadRoverLithium-ion800 charge cycles4-5 years
NAKTOCruiserLithium-ion800-1000 charge cycles5-6 years

This table provides an overview of various e-bike models and their battery specifications, including the type of battery used and expected battery life.

By understanding these potential factors that affect battery life, you can read on for some tips on how to extend battery life, so your bike lasts longer.

How to Extend the Life of Your E-Bike Battery?

To extend the life of your e-bike battery, you can do this through several strategies:

Proper charging

Avoid completely discharging the battery. Try to start charging when the battery power drops to about 20%. Avoid overcharging. Try not to always charge 100%, charging 80% to 90% is usually ideal. 

Use the original charger or a charger recommended by the manufacturer to ensure safe and efficient battery charging.

Avoid extreme temperatures

Try not to use and charge the battery in extremely hot or cold environments. High temperatures will accelerate battery aging, while low temperatures will temporarily reduce the effective capacity of the battery. 

When storing batteries, they should be placed in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight and high temperature environments.

Regular maintenance

Regularly check that the battery's connection points are clean and tight to ensure there is no obstruction to current transmission. Clean the battery surface to avoid accumulation of dust and dirt, which may affect battery performance.

Optimize usage habits

Press the pedal lightly to activate the electric assist to avoid over-reliance on electric assist when starting and reduce the instantaneous high current draw on the battery. 

Try to avoid riding in high-speed mode for a long time. High-speed driving consumes more power and puts a higher load on the battery.

Store correctly

If the folding ebike is not used for a long time, the battery power should be maintained between 40% and 60%, and charged every few months to maintain battery activity. 

When storing electric bicycles, they should be placed in a dry environment with moderate temperatures and avoid places with excessive humidity or large temperature differences.

Through these maintenance measures, the service life of the electric bicycle battery can be effectively extended, ensuring stable performance of the electric bicycle and a good riding experience.

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In short, the service life of an electric bicycle battery will vary greatly depending on a variety of factors. Typically, e-bike batteries have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years or approximately 1,000 to 1,500 charge cycles.


To maximize the life of your e-bike battery, it's important to charge the battery properly, avoid extreme temperatures, maintain the battery regularly, and adjust usage habits to reduce stress on the battery.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know when to replace my e-bike battery?

You can pay attention to whether the battery life is significantly reduced, whether the charging time is abnormally longer, whether the battery cannot be fully charged, whether the voltage is unstable, and whether there are swelling, cracks or leaks in the appearance of the battery.

These are signs that the battery may be old or damaged, and if you encounter these problems it is recommended to contact a professional repair or consult the manufacturer for appropriate disposal recommendations.

2. Will cold weather affect e-bike battery life?

Yes, cold weather can temporarily reduce battery capacity and performance. It is recommended to place the battery indoors and keep it warm before use in colder months.

Related reading: How to replace batteries for electric bikes

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