Are you living in an area where winter temperatures fall below freezing? Keep in mind that freezing temperatures will have an impact on your e-bike’s battery performance.
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your electric bike, despite the freezing temperatures.
The advice for electric bike owners is simple: ensure you don’t leave your battery in freezing temperatures when not in use. While a basic electric bike battery can withstand temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), it drains much more quickly at sub-zero temperatures.
So if you ride in freezing temperatures, your e-bike’s range will decrease. But you can limit that.
According to the experts, and to my own experience as well, the most important tip is to “take the battery off your e-bike if you can and put it inside at room temperature”. The battery will recover quickly if you store it in a warm environment.
Also, read your e-bike’s manual carefully: it often clearly describes the best way to store the battery for maximum battery life and at what temperature.
Finally, the last tip: use an e-bike battery cover. Such cover will make the battery better insulated and more resistant to freezing.
In summary, the cold temperature will mainly impact how far you can ride your e-bike. But, on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about big problems that will prevent your electric bike from starting.
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