Use this Electric Bike Electricity Cost Calculator to see how much it will cost you to charge your electric bike. Enter your expected mileage to see your electricity costs per mile, month and year.
This calculator is prepopulated with details from The Shocking Cost Of Charging An Electric Bike [8 Cost Saving Tips].
How to calculate the cost of charging an electric bike
To work out the cost of charging an electric bike you need your battery capacity (in kWh) and unit rate of electricity.
The calculator above works out your battery capacity. You simply need to multiple your V by Ah. This gives you Wh.
Then just convert your Wh into kWh. To do this, simply divide your Wh by 1,000.
Finally, just multiply your kWh by your unit of electricity rate (this is the price you pay for 1 kWh).
Alternatively, just use the calculator above.
I go into more detail and list 3 simple steps to calculate the cost of charging your electric bike, here.
Average cost to charge an electric bike
It costs just 7 cents (USD), on average across 24 countries, to charge the current (as of writing) most popular eBike on Amazon.
Per year, travelling the average car distance, it would cost just $29.38 to charge this electric bike.
In the US specifically, it costs just 5 cents per charge, which works out at $21.17 per year using the same eBike and distance.
In Canada, it costs 4 cents (6 cents CAD) per charge and $17.92 (24.43 CAD) per year if travelling the same distance as the average US driver.
It’s more expensive to charge an electric bike in the UK. It costs 8 cents (6p) per charge, which works out at $35.83 (£27.69) per year.
Get more details about these figures along with the nuances in The Shocking Cost Of Charging An Electric Bike.
To put these eBike charging costs into context:
- At $26, it costs more to run a typical efficient compact refrigerator for 1 year in the US
- At $29.95 in the US, it costs more to run a typical electric heater for just 1 month compared to running eBike for 1 year
- In the US, 1 load of laundry costs 17 cents in electricity, that’s the cost of several full eBike charges
Reduce the cost of charging your electric bike
I detail 8 easy ways to reduce your ebike charging costs, here. But as the charging costs are so low, the best way to reduce your charging costs is to reduce your overall electricity costs.
The easiest way to do this is to shop around for a better deal. Energy providers typically offer better price plans to encourage new business.
Switching between providers can reduce your electric bike charging costs along with your overall electricity costs.
If you are considering a new energy provider, consider a provider that offers green power. 63% of electricity, in the US, is generated by burning fossil fuel. Green power can help eBike owners reduce their carbon footprint even more.
How does charging an eBike compare with charging an electric car?
Now that you know how much you can expect to pay to charge and run your electric bike, how does it compare to an electric car?
Check out the Electric Car Electricity Cost Calculator to find out.