Which factors affect your electric scooter range?
First, what is the range? The range is the distance your electric scooter can travel on a single charge. Riders often notice that the range they get in real-life conditions is lower than the range advertised. Why is this? Your scooter’s actual range depends on many factors, particularly your environment and your personal riding habits. Below, we are going to explore the factors that determine your electric scooter’s range.
Why does your electric scooter range vary?
Not all riding conditions are ideal and equal. It is natural for the estimated range of electric scooters to change as it is impacted by a range of factors. These include:
- Total weight
- The weather
- The terrain and the type of surface
- Tyre pressure
- Riding style
The total weight of the scooter and rider will affect the range. The range will therefore vary for each driver, depending on their weight, size and possible luggage. Overloading your electric scooter will lead to drawing more power over the course of your journey.
Lithium-ion batteries operate optimally at around 23°C. When the temperature drops, it is normal to experience a shorter range than normal when riding. Your scooter performance decreases due to extra energy demands on the battery. Riding in a headwind will also affect its performance.
It may seem obvious but when you go uphill or off-road the motor will consume more energy to tackle the demanding terrain. The ideal surface to ride further is a relatively flat and smooth road. To save your battery power, be mindful of hills and steep sections, as well as speed bumps and the general condition of the road.
The important thing to get the most out of your scooter is to maintain the pressure right (between 40 and 60 PSI). Under-inflated tyres will affect your scooter range, its handling and braking performance. As well as minimizing the risk of getting a flat tyre! Ideally get the pressure checked before each ride.
The range will vary depending on your riding style. The faster and the more aggressively you ride your scooter, the more power the electric motor will consume. To increase your range you should limit sudden acceleration and deceleration during your ride. Instead, accelerate gradually until you reach your cruising speed. Maintain a constant speed for as long as possible for a longer range distance.
The environment you ride in plays a big role in your realistic range. As all the factors mentioned above will impact your scooter’s performance. The advertised battery range reflects ideal riding conditions for example, flat and smooth terrains, a 75kg rider, a steady average speed with minimal variation in riding style. The scooter simulations are performed by manufacturers under these conditions in order to get the best out of the machine on one charge and do not take into account weather conditions, rider ability or other external factors that you may encounter during your rides.
We designed our online range calculator to provide the most realistic value possible. So you can accurately determine how far you can expect to travel on your Fuze.