How much does it cost to charge an electric bike?


Before you go all gung-ho and buy that electric bike you’ve been eyeing, it’s probably wise to ask, “How much does it cost to charge an electric bike?” This will be effectively the major running cost of owning an electric bike. The good news is it’s AMAZINGLY CHEAP to charge an electric bike. 

The cost to charge a 500 W electric bike from 0% to full capacity is around 6.91 cents in the US, 3.69 cents in India and 11.98 cents in the UK.

Calculating the exact or even approximate cost of charging your eBike depends on several factors: cost of electricity from your provider, electric bike battery specs and battery range. We’ll go into all these details in this post and how to calculate these costs for your own specific electric bike. Read on!

How to find out how much it costs to charge your electric bike

Let’s talk theory! To calculate how much it costs to charge your eBike, you need to know the cost of electricity and the electricity consumption of your bike. In other words, you need to know your battery’s full capacity and the cost of electricity per unit to find out how much it costs to fill your battery from zero to 100% full.

Cost of Electricity x Battery Full Capacity = Cost to charge electric bike (from 0% to 100%)

Man on Orange Okai electric bike

Electric bike charge cost calculator

To find out how much it costs to charge your electric bike, you’ll need to go through 5 essential steps:

  1. Find your bike battery voltage (V) and amp hour (Ah)
  2. Battery capacity in Watt hours (Wh)
  3. Convert watt hours (Wh) into kilowatt hours (KWh)
  4. Electricity cost per kilowatt hour (KWh)
  5. Multiply electricity unit cost by battery capacity in KWh

Basic electric bike charge cost calculations.

  1. V x Ah = Wh
  2. Wh ÷ 1,000 = KWh
  3. Price/KWh x Kwh = Electricity cost

Electric bike charging cost country index

Here’s the best resource I could find online on global electricity prices. It’s dated December 2020. Note: all prices are in US dollars. (Converted from local currency). 

Statistic: Household electricity prices worldwide in December 2020, by select country (in U.S. dollars per kilowatt hour) | Statista

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