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What do Voltage (V), Wattage (W), and Ampere hours (Ah) mean? Why are the watts in the motor and battery different?

Understanding the technical specifications of a scooter, such as voltage, wattage, and ampere hours, can be challenging, especially for first-time riders. This guide will help clarify these terms and their significance for your scooter.


Voltage (V) measures electric potential, or the ability to move electrical charges. In the context of electric scooter batteries, a higher voltage means more charge is sent to the motor controllers and motors, potentially making the scooter faster even with the same motor.

Ampere Hours

Ampere hours (Ah) indicate the battery's capacity and roughly correlate to the scooter's range. For example, a 52V 23Ah battery typically provides a longer range per charge than a 60V 21Ah battery. Although ampere hours generally increase with battery voltage, this is not always the case.


Watts (W) measure the power of the motor(s) rather than the battery. We advertise continuous ratings for the motors (not peak ratings) as top-line specifications for all our scooters. Keep in mind that the motor is separate from the battery, so the motor's continuous wattage rating does not necessarily relate to the battery specs.

Watt Hours

Watt hours (Wh), calculated by multiplying voltage (V) by ampere hours (Ah), offer another way to measure battery capacity. This measurement can be particularly useful for determining the cost of each scooter charge, as most municipalities charge for electricity by the kilowatt hour (kWh), which equals V x Ah x 1000. Note that watt hours in the battery and motor wattage are different measurements for separate components and do not necessarily correlate. Watt hours are not watts!

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