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How Long Does an Electric Bike Battery Last?

By Anastasiia Chub

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How Long Does An Electric Bike Battery Last How to Prolong An Electric Bike’s Battery Life Battery Storage Conclusion

If you are beginning your journey as a delivery rider, you might be interested to know how long an electric battery lasts and how battery life may affect your earnings.

Being a delivery rider can be challenging, especially when dealing with faulty batteries on your e-bike. It is widely known that batteries lose capacity over time.

In order to prolong battery life, you should follow certain rules that we will cover in this article.

How Long Does An Electric Bike Battery Last

The longevity of 48 volts e-bike batteries with Samsung cells can be anywhere between 2-3 years, even under heavy usage, like for deliveries in large cities.

Throughout the course of usage, some cells within the battery may fail, dropping voltage, resulting in a decline in overall electric bike performance and the ability to reach targeted mileage.

Some of the most common factors that can impact the lifespan of a battery include:

  • Type of battery being used
  • The age of the battery
  • The ambient temperature
  • Weight of the payload being carried by the vehicle
  • Frequency of starts and stops
  • Level of tire pressure
  • Riding style

For example, the battery will experience a heavier load if you are driving mostly in hilly terrains, such as in the Bronx, NYC.

In the delivery industry, lithium-ion batteries are widely utilized because of their high energy density, lightweight design, and high number of cycles.

These factors are essential for delivery riders who must efficiently cover long distances while carrying loads.

Moreover, the riding style of the delivery riders can impact the lifespan of e-bike batteries. Frequent and rapid accelerations can lead to faster battery depletion on electric bikes.

Our e-bike batteries have an impressive lifespan of up to 85 miles.

Also, we offer the option to purchase or rent a replacement battery, allowing you to easily swap out the empty one at your convenience.

If you choose to sign up for Whizz, use our one-time promo code K30 to receive a $30 discount on your 1st month's rental.

How to Prolong An Electric Bike’s Battery Life

Charging lithium batteries is not difficult.

Here at Whizz, we recommend charging after each ride. Our e-bikes don't have a memory effect, so you can charge the battery whenever you want without any damage.

We also suggest having visual inspections before the ride. Broken or damaged connectors may cause issues with the battery.

Charging itself is easy to follow, as the indicator will tell you if the battery is fully charged by showing a green light on the display.

The charger is designed to halt the charging process once the battery pack reaches full capacity, thus minimizing the risk of a battery fire.

Nonetheless, it is not advisable to leave the battery unattended while it is charging. It is always best practice to directly connect the charger to a power source and to avoid using extension cords.

We recommend the usage of pedal assistance to support the motor when possible, avoidance of steep terrains, and a more relaxed style of driving without pushing the bike to its limits.

Accelerating gradually with care will save your life in NYC streets.

Battery Storage

Storage plays a significant role in maintaining the lifespan of e-bike batteries. It is imperative to store your bike in a dry place and avoid exposure to extreme heat or cold.

Leaving bike on the balcony, during NYC winter isn't a good idea. There are several effective methods for storing an ebike during the winter season.


E-bike batteries can last up to 3 years with proper care, but eventually, they will need to be replaced.


Rules of taking care for e-bikes are pretty easy to follow. If you feel you need additional expert advice, then you’re more than welcome to ask any member of our team in the Whizz office.

We can offer two types of e-bikes available for subscription and they both come with a regular and extra battery. Both bikes are amazing for daily riding and you can do 60 - 85 miles on them.

Even refurbished e-bike can reach out to 50 miles on a single charge!

By the way, maintenance is free on your Whizz subscription and if anything happens to your bike, we’ll fix it in less than 30 minutes.

And if you follow the tips above, your new e-bike battery will last longer and retire properly when and if you choose to retire it.

Each battery performs uniquely, so it’s a good idea to test the bike before you take it home and start doing deliveries with it.

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