The battery is the most significant and expensive part of an electric scooter, which has two parameters: capacity and removability.
The average battery capacity on the market is 10.4 ampere-hours: it is enough for about 30−35 kilometers of ride.
There are batteries from Chinese manufacturers, and LG and Panasonic. LG and Panasonic sell more expensive batteries because they are slower to lose capacity, and have more cycles to recharge (about a thousand).
Chinese batteries have a faster capacity loss from the battery and fewer recharge cycles with maximum capacity. After 500 recharge cycles, it will likely get worse and worse. You can, of course, overhaul it, but that’s an additional cost.
The second factor is the removability of the battery. If your battery is non-removable, like in the Xiaomi M365, then you have to pick up all the scooters around the city, take them to the warehouse, recharge them, and take them back to the city. If you have 15 scooters out of 100 discharged, you will need to pick them up, take them to the warehouse, wait for them to recharge, which is about 4 hours, and put them back in town.
The whole process takes about five and a half hours, and most likely no one will need the scooters anymore: half a day they worked and exhausted their resource, half a day they were charging, and at night they are no longer needed
A removable battery makes it possible to service a scooter in the city right on the spot and keep it running. This increases revenue and reduces the company’s operating costs. That’s why we recommend choosing models with detachable batteries.