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Global retail sales of e-scooters and e-bikes are expected to reach 50 million units by 2020. From teens to business professionals, people love these vehicles for their convenience and portability

What you may not know is that most e-scooters use lithium batteries. That’s why it’s so easy to charge them after a long trip. Like everything else, though, lithium-ion batteries are subject to wear and tear.

The average lifespan of lithium batteries is two or three years or up to 500 charge cycles. Some models allow for 500 to 1,000 charge cycles, depending on the brand.

A lithium electric scooter requires little maintenance, but you do need to take proper care of its battery. Certain factors, such as exposure to high or low operating temperatures, may shorten its lifespan and cause premature damage.

Don’t take unnecessary risks. Use these tips to keep your lithium electric scooter battery in perfect condition during the cold winter months!

Store the Battery at Room Temperature

Leaving lithium-ion batteries in the cold will affect their performance. Both high- and low-temperature environments may reduce the battery’s operating capacity. For this reason, it’s not recommended to store your e-scooter in the garage or other cold areas.

Ideally, opt for a model with removable batteries. This way, you can simply take the battery out and store it in a drawer over the winter months.

Avoid Full Discharges

Unlike NiCad batteries, lithium batteries don’t require full discharge cycles. As a rule of thumb, charge or discharge them to about 50 per cent of capacity before storage.

Beware that lithium-ion batteries self-discharge when not in use. Check their charge status regularly and take appropriate action. Charge the battery at least once per month during storage.

Keep Your Battery Clean and Dry

Always store your e-scooter battery in a clean, dry place. Moisture may cause corrosion and oxidation, resulting in permanent damage.

If you’re not using your electric scooter over the winter, check its battery and contacts regularly. Use a dry cloth to clean the batteries if necessary.

Avoid Riding in Deep Snow

Some folks use their e-scooters year-round to run errands, have fun, or go to work. Although the U.K. law doesn’t allow their use in urban areas, other countries don’t have these restrictions in place.

If you live in the U.K., you may ride a lithium electric scooter on private land, such as in your backyard. Just make sure you don’t use it on icy roads or in deep snow as the battery could freeze and stop working. Always have a full-charge when riding in cold weather.

Keep Your Lithium Electric Scooter Functioning at Its Peak

As you see, it’s not that difficult to keep a lithium electric scooter in top shape. You just need to follow a few simple rules.

Avoid exposing your scooter’s battery to cold or hot temperatures, flammable materials, and moisture. Also, don’t leave it plugged in overnight and regularly check its charge status when not in use.

Most importantly, ride your electric scooter safely — check out our guide to learn more!