Top-performing electric scooters can be on the expensive side, so many consumers may be wondering exactly how long they will last before needing to be replaced.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Generally speaking, a modern electric scooter will last anywhere from three to five years, though some models last even longer.
  • To extend the lifespan of your scooter, clean and maintain it regularly, paying special attention to the battery.
  • You should also regularly lubricate moving parts and take care to store the scooter in a cool and dry area when not in use.

How Long Do Electric Scooters Last?

Generally speaking, a standard electric scooter should last anywhere from three to five years, with many users reporting that their scooters lasted well beyond five years.

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A standard electric scooter should last anywhere from three to five years, with many users reporting that their scooters lasted well beyond five years.

Increase a Scooter’s Maximum Lifespan

Here are some tips to help you lengthen the lifespan of your electric scooter so you can continue riding it for years to come.

Maintain the Battery

Most modern electric scooters ship with an integrated lithium battery pack. You should take some steps to preserve and maintain this battery. Keep it away from moisture, including inclement weather, and store it in a cool, dry area of the home. Additionally, clean the battery regularly to reduce dirt and grime buildup. A scooter’s lithium-ion battery pack should also be regularly charged to 40 to 60 percent of its maximum capacity. Avoid allowing the battery to fully deplete, as this could shorten its lifespan. If you are storing the scooter during the winter months, be sure to charge it every 30 days. Have a look at this guide on how long it takes your scooter’s battery to charge.

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Keep it away from moisture, including inclement weather, and store it in a cool, dry area of the home.

Clean the Various Components

An electric scooter contains numerous sensitive components that should be cleaned regularly so as to lengthen the scooter’s lifespan. We recommend cleaning your scooter after every ride, particularly if you prefer off-road riding scenarios. Barring that, we recommend cleaning the scooter once a week. As a good rule of thumb, clean up any collected dirt and grime as soon as you notice it. As for what cleaning supplies to use, consult your instruction manual.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Electric scooters contain a multitude of moving parts, from wheels and steering mechanisms to gears and handlebars. We strongly recommend that you lubricate these moving parts regularly to length the overall lifespan of your e-scooter. You should make a habit out of lubricating these components once every three months, depending on how often you use the scooter. Check your instruction manual to find a list of appropriate lubrication liquids.

Store it Correctly

Store the scooter in the correct way when it is not being used. We recommend storing it in a cool and dry location of your home. Before storing the scooter for a long period of time, shut it down, fold it up, and lock it. Check out this universal beginner’s guide on how hard it is to ride if you’re new to this.

Warning

Avoid allowing the battery to fully deplete, as this could shorten its lifespan.

F.A.Q.

How long do electric scooter batteries last?

Electric scooter batteries should last two to five years, though this metric will fluctuate depending on how often you use the scooter. E-scooter batteries tend to last anywhere from 300 to 500 charging cycles.


How many times can you charge an electric scooter battery?

Electric scooter batteries will begin to degrade after 300 to 500 charging cycles, though they will still be useable. After a set number of charging cycles, the battery’s efficacy will be decreased.


When should a scooter’s battery be replaced?

If you have noticed a steep drop in the efficacy of your scooter battery, it may be time to seek out a replacement.



STAT: You can prolong battery life by storing the scooter charged to 50%, charging it with a C-rate below 1, and not operating the scooter when it is too cold (below 32 F°) or too hot (above 114 F°) (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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