As transportation and off-road vehicles pivot into electric motors, the conventional MPG’s (miles per gallon) metric does not apply. Since Onewheels, EUC’s and other PEV’s are battery powered, a more prudent question to ask is how many miles can you travel per kWh (kilowatt-hour)?
Onewheels have either a 324Wh (Pint X & XR) or 525Wh (GT) battery which equates to 0.324 kWh or 0.525 kWh of electricity to fully charge the Onewheel. Divide the board’s range (mi) by its respective kWh battery size. This is miles per kWh. Example: GT’s range is 32 miles, 32/0.525=61 miles per kWh.
Cost of Miles Per Kilowatt-hour on a Onewheel
The largest Onewheel battery currently is a 10.5Ah battery in custom XR Onewheels (CBXR & JWXR battery capacities) leading to a 0.567kWh of use. The Onewheel GT trails behind with 0.525kWh of energy usage. This simply means to charge a Onewheel from 0 to 100%, it would use less than 1 kWh of electricity. Depending on your local energy provider, the cost of a kWh may range from $0.10 to $0.30.
Where I live, I pay about $0.38/kWh. I get this value by dividing the total bill (which includes taxes, supply, transmission and all other fees added to the bill) by the total number of kilowatt-hours used. Currently its around $0.38 per kilowatt hour after all fees and taxes are added.
|Onewheel||Watt Hours (kWh)||Range (mi)||Miles Per kWh|
|Pint||0.148||6-8||40.5 to 54 miles/kWh|
|Pint (Quart)||0.230||12-15||52 to 65.2 miles/kWh|
|Pint X||0.324||12-18||37 to 55.5 miles/kWh|
|XR||0.324||12-18||37 to 55.5 miles/kWh|
|GT||0.525||20-32||38 to 61 miles/kWh|
|CBXR/JWXR||0.567||32-40||56 to 70.5 miles/kWh|
Take the cost per kilowatt-hour and divide by the miles per kilowatt-hour(kWh) of the Onewheel. Depending on the Onewheel, the range can go from 40.5 miles to 70.5 miles per kilowatt hour of electricity used. So for an area charging $0.38 per kWh, this means it costs $0.005 to $0.009 per mile to ride a Onewheel. This is less than a penny per mile (approximately 1/2 of a penny to 1 cent per mile)!
Clearly this does not factor depreciation or maintenance however this is a good way to see how much your commute will cost on a Onewheel. A ‘topped-off’ CBXR or JWXR onewheel may cost you a total of $0.16 ($0.28 [cost per kWh] x 0.567 kWh) to fully charge the battery. For $0.16, you have the freedom to travel up to 40 miles. This makes commuting on the Onewheel a super-saver.
Onewheel Electricity Cost Calculator
This Electricity Onewheel calculator considers the overall cost per kilowatt-hour. In otherwords, on your electric bill take the total bill for the month and divide by the total kilowatt-hours. This will include taxes, supply, transmission and any remaining fees from your electrical provided:
You might be able to find your electrical provided here. Please keep in mind that this is strictly the supply side of the electric cost. Often you will have a transmission fee included in your bill. The most accurate way to appropriate the taxes and all fees is to get a recent electric bill and divide the monthly cost by the total kilowatt hours used in that time frame. Enter the value in dollar form (ex. 0.23, 0.45, 0.09, etc).
Recharging at an Electric Car Charging Station
See our post on what to carry for a ride. Often I carry my charger and conversion adapter so that I can charge my Onewheel at a store or even at an electric car charging station. The cost difference is nominal at charging stations however it should be noted that in my area of electricity cost of 0.38/kWh, charging stations typically charge 0.40 to 0.52/kWh. Its a small concession for the added convenience.
At electric car charging stations such as a Tesla Supercharger, they put out 220 volts (level 2 setting). The Onewheel stock charger and hypercharger can handle 220V which is great. To connect to the Onewheel charger, you will need an adapter. Having one in your sling or backpack always insures that you are never stranded. It is rare to have a business be upset that you are charging your Onewheel while you are patronizing the store however, it does happen and for that reason having a J1772 to PEV adapter on hand is ideal. Stay fully charged and staying floating.
Other Cost of ownership for a Onewheel
Onewheel ownership costs truly are low. The main wearable item is going to be the tire. This expense will vary if you decide to replace your own tire, send it to Future Motion or go to a repair shop. This typically cost anywhere from $80 to $300. See our post on the lifespan of the Onewheel components. If you take proper care of your board, there won’t be much required from you in regards to maintenance over the first couple thousand miles.
If you are the calculating type and you do want to anticipate the added maintenance cost of the Onewheel ownership, review our parts lifetime post to factor in the added costs. You can then consider this in your overall cost per mile calculation.
Miles per KWh not so much MPG
In conclusion, I don’t think miles per kWh will be so important in the PEV / micro-mobility space however I do think it will become an interesting stat to know. VESC controlled boards like the Floatwheel Adv, do not have their battery stats out as of now however when more information is provided, we will have it posted to see how they fair mileage-wise to typical Onewheels.