Electric Bike Batteries

What type of battery do electric bikes use?

All Raleigh electric bikes use lithium ion batteries, these are very popular among technologies and are often found in laptops and phones. They offer many advantages:
  • They are lighter than many other rechargeable batteries of a similar size.
  • They are great at holding their charge, a lithium ion battery pack only loses about 5% of its charge per month in comparison to 20% loss for NiMH batteries.
  • They have no memory effect. You don't need to completely discharge the battery before recharging.
  • They are able to handle hundreds of charge and discharge cycles.

Lithium ion batteries contain lithium ion cells, they may be cylindrical batteries that look very similar to regular AA batteries.

How can I optimise the range of your electric bike?

There are a couple of tips and tricks that can aid the range that your bike will take you.

  • Cadence: Slow pedalling is costly in terms of energy, whereas keeping your cadence above 50 revolutions per minute can optimise your drive unit.
  • Weight: Less luggage will keep the total weight of the bike down and keep your ebike running for longer.
  • Starting & braking:  Just like a car, it's more effective to keep going the longer distance with a constant similar speed.
  • Gear shifting: Keeping in the correct gear will ensure the bike is more efficient, some of our ebikes do this automatically.
  • Tyre pressure: Always inflate tyres to the maximum permissible tyre pressure.

How long do electric bike batteries last?

Again, this is relative to the motor and battery system that each electric bike uses. Some of our electric bikes will last up to 1000 charge cycles. It's best to check each bike spec before you buy to see how long they will last.
Model Average Distance Motor Battery
Motus 37 miles* Bosch Active Line Bosch Power Pack 300Wh, 36V
Motus Tour 51 miles* Bosch Active Line Bosch Power Pack 400Wh, 36V
Motus Grand Tour 63 miles* Bosch Active Line Plus Bosch Power Pack 500Wh, 36V
Motus Kompact 37 miles* Bosch Active Line Bosch Power Pack 300Wh, 36V
Centros 51 miles* Bosch Active Line Plus Bosch Power Tube 400Wh, 36v
Centros Tour 63 miles* Bosch Active Line Plus Bosch Power Tube 500Wh, 36v
Centros Grand Tour 63 miles* Bosch Active Line Plus Bosch Power Tube 500Wh, 36v

*Based on a rider weight of 12 stone, with an average speed of 10mph in 'tour' mode. Calculated using Bosch's eBike Range Assistant. www.bosch-ebike.com/en/service/range-assistant.

How do I maintain and care for my electric bike battery?

Taking care of your electric bike is relatively easy and you can find a lot more information on this on our electric bike maintenance page. Basic tips for keeping your electric battery healthy are to keep a light load on your bike, storing it at a temperature of 0 to 20 Celsius and storing it at approximately 30 to 60% charge. It's also best to park your ebike in the shade as opposed to direct sunlight.

How and when do I charge an electric bike battery?

When you receive your electric bike, you'll also receive a charger and a key. This key will allow you to unlock the battery from the bike so it can easily be removed from the bike, this means you can charge the battery indoors. The screen on your ebike will inform you when your battery is low so you'll know the best time to charge your ebike battery.

When and how do I replace an electric bike battery?

It's highly unlikely you'll ever need to replace your electric bike battery due to their durability. When your ebike battery begins to cause you trouble, it's likely going to be time for an upgrade! Batteries are expensive on their own and you're best to buy yourself a new bike. If you are concerned about any battery or ebike issues, be sure to register the warranty of your bike online. 

Raleigh ebike batteries

Although all Raleigh electric bike batteries are lithium ion, each range of bikes have different motor systems and therefore different battery manufacturers. We currently have TransX, Bosch and Shimano battery systems, we've outlined each of the battery features below.

TranzX Battery

✔  260wh battery

✔  Up to 50km range

✔  Small, light and compact

Featured on: Stow-E-Way

Shimano Battery

✔ 400wh battery

✔ Range between 40km and 125km depending on the level of assistance

✔ Frame Mounted

Featured on: Strada Elite Electric

Bosch Battery

✔  300WH-500WH

✔  Up to 220km in range on a single charge

✔ PowerPack and Powertube

Featured on: Motus and Centros

Electric bike battery positions


✔ Used on our crossbar and new low step models

✔ Up to 500WH

✔ Easy removal and charging

✔ Ergonomic design



Frame Integrated

✔ Featured exclusively on the Centros

✔ 500WH battery

✔ Easy Removal and charging

✔ Bosch Powertube