eBike Costs to Operate – Tower eBikes


eBike Costs to Operate

The only running costs that are involved in running an electric bike are charging and service. Charging an e-bike can be done in a matter of hours and will only cost a few cents and although we suggest recharging after every ride (or draining the battery by 50% or more), an electric bike will still be significantly less expensive than fueling a car or motorcycle.

Electric bikes are not classed as motor vehicles and therefore you are not required to pay for tax, registration, or insurance, making them a much more economical mode of transport than a car or motorcycle.

We recommend that you bring your electric bicycle to a professional bike mechanic once a year for a tune up to ensure that it is fully safe to ride. Due to the higher speed that electric bikes travel at and the additional weight they carry compared to a traditional bike, the brake pads can become worn down faster than on a traditional bike and should be checked up on regularly and serviced when necessary. Regular maintenance will also reduce your ownership costs in the long-run as you can reduce the chance of needing to pay to replace parts.

eBike Average Costs to Operate

In the United States, the average cost of a kilowatt-hour of electricity is $.12. If you take an average electric bike that has a 36 volt 10 amp hour battery it will cost about $.20 to fully charge the ebike. With these numbers it would get an equivalent of about 2,000 miles per gallon of gasoline on an average car. These numbers portray how drastically cheaper it is to use an electric bike than a gas powered vehicle. 

Find the operating cost of your electric bike 

To find the operating cost of your ebike start by multiplying the battery voltage by the Amp hour rating to get the total watt hours. (If you own a 36 volt 10 Amp Hour battery it has around 360 watt hours) Then dived by 1,000 to get the kilowatt hours (.36). Then find out what the average cost of a kilowatt hour of electricity is in your area. The US average is about $.12.  Multiply the cost of a kilowatt hour by the kilowatt size of your battery. For this example, .12*.36 = .0432 or about 4 cents. Now, to find the cost of a trip divide the charge cost by the average range of your battery pack. If your average range is 20 miles, then 360/20=18 miles per charge. Now divide the 4 cents by the 18 miles to get .0024. All together it comes to less than 2 tenths of a penny per mile on your electric bike!

eBike Costs to Commute to Work

In the United States, the average worker commutes 6.2 miles to and from work everyday. Based on these averages it would cost you about 2 cents a day to travel to and from work on your electric bike. Since most electric bikes have a range of at least 25 miles, ebikes are perfectly capable of being your source of transportation to and from work. 

eBike Maintenance Costs

We recommend taking your ebike into a bike shop for routine maintenance. This will prolong the life of the ebike and ensure that your ebike is in the best shape possible for your journeys. For issues like brake adjustments and flat tires we highly recommend getting them fixed as soon as possible as they could jeopardize your safety while riding the eBike. The average costs of basic maintenance is as follows:

Tune up: $75-$100+

Flat tire: $10-$20 plus the cost of the tube

Brake Adjustment: $20-$35

Drivetrain replacement or adjusting: $20-$60