With the booming popularity of electric scooters, many people are left wondering, how much does cost and where do you charge electric scooters? Thankfully, charging an electric scooter is an easy and convenient process. In this guide, we’ll cover the different charging options available to you and we dissect the precise cost of charging your electric scooter in Switzerland.

How to calculate the cost of charging an electric scooter?

To calculate the total cost of charging your electric bike, you need to find the capacity of your battery in Watt hours (Wh), convert Wh into kilowatt-hours (kWhs) and then multiply this by the unit price charged by your electricity provider.

The capacity of batteries is measured in Wh. If you don’t know the Wh of your battery (and if it’s not written anywhere), simply multiply its Voltage (V) by the Amp hours (Ah). Here’s the formula:

V x Ah = Wh

For example, a 36V 10.4Ah battery has a 374.4Wh capacity: 36V x 10.4Ah = 374.4Wh

2. Convert the capacity into kWhs

Electricity providers typically use kWhs when billing customers – they refer to 1 kWh as 1 unit of electricity. Therefore, we need to convert your battery’s Wh (i.e. the capacity of your battery that you calculated in Step 1 above) into kWh. To do this, simply divide your Wh by 1,000. Here’s the formula:

Wh / 1000 = kWh

For example, our 374.4Wh battery converts to 0.3744kWh: 374.4Wh / 1000 = 0.3744kWh

3. Finally, multiply your battery’s kWh by your electricity provider’s kWh rate

So the final calculation that we need to do is multiply how much your electricity provider charges per kWh (i.e. per unit of electricity) by your battery’s kWh. Here’s the formula:

Your battery’s kWh x your cost per kWh = the cost to charge your e-Scooter battery

Electricity providers in the CH  charge around 20 cents per kWh.

So taking this CHF 0.20 average, our 0.3744kWh battery (or 374.4Wh battery) would cost us CHF O.078 to fully charge:

0.3744kWh x CHF 0.20 = CHF 0.078 to fully charge

Switzerland boasts an average electricity rate of approximately 0.20 CHF per kWh. With a standard electric scooter battery capacity hovering around 2.5 kWh, a full charge would translate to an expenditure of around 0.50 CHF. 

  • Home Charging: The most common place to charge your electric scooter is at home. Most electric scooters come with a standard charger that plugs into a regular household outlet.
  • Public Charging Stations: In some cities, public charging stations are becoming more prevalent. You may find these at shopping centers, parking garages, or transportation hubs. Generally, you’ll need to park your scooter nearby and plug it into the available outlet. Keep in mind that some of these stations may require payment for use.
  • Workplace Charging: If you’re fortunate enough to work somewhere that provides electric vehicle charging, you may be able to charge your scooter while you’re at work. Check with your employer if this is an option.
  • Additional Battery: If you’re on the go and need a quick charge, an additional battery could be a good investment. These are small, lightweight batteries that you can take with you and just swap it the empty one.

Free charging stations for e-Scooters in Zurich

Charge your e-bike or e-scooter for free at one of the four publicly accessible charging stations in the parking garage of the main building.

  • 4 public charging stations
  • Accessible day and night
You reach the parking garage of the main building through the side vehicular entrances via Tannenstrasse or Karl-Schmid-Strasse. (Google Maps)

Available connections:

  • Shimano and Bosch e-Bike system connectors
  • Socket for your own adapters: Suitable for all standard commercial batteries with an adapter
How much does it cost and where to charge an e-Scooter in Switzerland?

Charge your e-bike or e-scooter for free at one of the four publicly accessible charging stations in the parking garage of the main building.

  • 4 public charging stations
  • Accessible day and night
You reach the parking garage of the main building through the side vehicular entrances via Tannenstrasse or Karl-Schmid-Strasse. (Google Maps)

Available connections:

  • Shimano and Bosch e-Bike system connectors
  • Socket for your own adapters: Suitable for all standard commercial batteries with an adapter

Tips for charging your electric scooter:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when charging your scooter.
  • Charge only with original charger
  • Get into the habit of charging your scooter after each ride, so you always have a full battery when you need it.
    If you regularly need to charge your scooter in public, consider investing in a mobile charging solution like a portable charger.
  • Monitor your scooter’s battery life, and consider replacing it if you notice a significant decrease in performance. Most electric scooter batteries last between 2-5 years depending on use.

Using the calculator above, the cost to charge the VSETT 9+ (21A), which has a battery capacity of 48V 21Ah and a 80 km range.
On average, in the CH, it costs 20 cents to charge the VSETT 9+. This works out at CHF 5.69 per year or CHF 0.47  per month when travelling the average annual mileage of an electric scooter. Per km, it costs just 1 5th of 1 cent to run the VSETT 9+ e-Scooter.

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