For many, Christmas season is a time to kick back, relax and be astounded at how quickly the year has gone by. However, for business owners, entrepreneurs and independent contractors such as delivery riders, it's one of the busiest times of the year as consumers rush to order last minute gifts, groceries and food in preparation for their holiday festivities.
As a delivery rider, the last thing you want happening during this period is for something to go wrong with your e-bike battery (knock on wood) - presenting you with a very costly period of downtime, while others are out taking the jobs that could have been yours. Which is why today, we will cover the best ways to take care of your e-bike battery in winter, to ensure it stays in peak form all throughout the season.
Maybe you’ve experienced this before on your e-bike, or perhaps you’ve taken your camera or phone out in freezing weather and all of a sudden it goes from full charge down to zero in an instant. Now there is a reason for this and to understand why this occurs, let's take a look at what is happening inside the battery when it's operating in such low temperatures.
To put this in perspective, an Australian insurance company attended to over 400,000 calls for flat car batteries in the winter of 2020, and Australian winters are nowhere near as harsh as some areas of the US or Europe! Granted, most car batteries use an older style lead-acid battery, however the same principles apply here to Li-ion batteries as well.
So, now that we understand why batteries tend to fail in colder temperatures, what is the best way to take care of your battery and make sure your e-bike stays healthy throughout the winter?
On Zoomo e-bikes, you may see an error code “B07” appear on your display after prolonged use in cold weather. This is by design and has been implemented to turn off the battery to protect it and ensure optimal lifespan and performance. You will need to bring the battery back to room temperature to turn it back on.
So, if you have been concerned about your battery performance in the cold or are hesitant to use your e-bike in winter, follow these tips and tricks to get the most out of your e-bike; and ride further and earn more this Christmas season.
From your friends at Zoomo.