The ABCs of EV Batteries

The ABCs of EV Batteries

Let's chat about electric vehicle (EV) batteries – the driving force behind your daily ride.  

As the transportation industry ramps up towards sustainable mobility solutions, understanding the ins and outs of EV batteries becomes increasingly important. In this blog, we will break into some common questions surrounding EV batteries from how they work to how to care for them. 

What Type of Batteries Do EVs Use? 

EVs predominantly use lithium-ion batteries, which have become the industry standard due to their high energy density, long lifespan, and relatively low weight. The Ryvid Anthem uses a 4.3 kWh battery with an approximate weight of 87lbs, this includes the onboard charger and its housing. Unique to the Anthem our removable battery has a suitcase-like handle and wheels for easy maneuvering. 

Does the Way I Ride Impact Battery Life? 

Yes, the way you ride can have a significant impact on the lifespan of your EV battery. Aggressive riding behaviors such as rapid acceleration, hard braking, and constant high-speed riding can increase battery degradation over time. On the other hand, adopting a smoother driving style, avoiding sudden acceleration and deceleration, and maintaining a consistent speed can help preserve battery health in the long run.  

The Anthem’s eco-mode and regenerative breaking helps to conserve battery life.  

How Long Does It Take to Charge an EV battery? 

Charging times for electric motorcycle batteries can vary depending on several factors, including the battery capacity, charger type, and charging infrastructure. Battery capacity directly impacts charging times, with larger batteries generally taking longer to charge. Some electric motorcycles are equipped with fast-charging capabilities that allow them to charge at even higher speeds using DC fast chargers.  

Anthem Charging Times 

220 V supply at up to 40 amps – 80% in 1.25 hours, 100% in 2 hours 

110 V supply at up to 20 amps – 80% in 2.5 hours, 100% in 3.5 hours 

How Much Does It Cost to Charge? 

In general, the cost to charge an electric motorcycle is typically lower than refueling a traditional gasoline-powered motorcycle. On average, charging an electric motorcycle can cost anywhere from a few cents to a couple of dollars per charge, depending on factors such as electricity rates and battery capacity.  

At an average residential electricity cost of $0.17/kWh, the Anthem costs just around $0.75 for a full charge. 

Are EV Batteries Waterproof? 

Electric vehicle batteries are designed with various protective measures to ensure their safety and functionality in a wide range of conditions, including exposure to water. While EV batteries are not completely waterproof in the sense that they can be submerged underwater indefinitely without any consequences, they are typically designed to withstand exposure to rain, splashes, and other common environmental conditions encountered during normal vehicle operation.  

The Anthems battery is IP67 rated, which means it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes before damage (this includes the on-board charger). Additionally, the battery can operate in temperatures between –22 degrees F to 131 degrees F.


Are you a Ryvid Anthem Owner or just curious about the Anthems 4.3 kwh battery maintenance? Let’s get to some specifics about its battery care...


Owning an electric motorcycle like the Ryvid Anthem comes with the responsibility of properly caring for its battery. The 4.3kWh battery is the heart of your motorcycle, and taking good care of it ensures not only longevity but also optimal performance. Here's your one-stop shop on how to maintain and care for your Anthem's battery. 

Battery Conditioning and Balance 

Battery conditioning and balance are crucial for the health of your Anthem's battery. When you first receive your motorcycle or after any storage period exceeding 15 days (about 2 weeks), it's essential to fully charge the battery. Look for an indicated voltage of 85.3 volts or more on the display. 

During shipping or prolonged storage, slight imbalances can develop between the battery pack's cells. As you charge the battery in this state, you may notice the charger fan turning off prematurely, and the display indicating "100%" before the battery has completely charged and balanced. This is a normal part of the balancing phase of the charge, where each individual cell is topped off to ensure overall battery health.  

Initial Charging Cycles 

For the first five charging cycles when your Anthem is new, and after storing the bike for 15 days (about 2 weeks) or more, follow these steps: 

  • Charge your Anthem for a full 4+ hours (110V) or 2.5 hours (220V), ensuring the indicated voltage reaches 85.3 volts or higher. 
  • Avoid deep discharge during these initial cycles. Charging when the bike is at 25% State of Charge (SOC) or higher is recommended. 

Maintaining Battery Health 

Following these guidelines not only ensures the best lifespan for your battery but also prevents errors in the State of Charge (SOC) indication that could lead to inaccurate range or remaining energy estimates. 

Additional Resources 

For more detailed information and best practices regarding your Anthem's battery, refer to the PDF document provided on Battery Best Practices - Ryvid Anthem. 


In conclusion, maintaining the health of your Ryvid Anthem electric motorcycle's battery is essential for optimal performance and longevity. By following the outlined steps for battery conditioning, balance, and charging practices, you can ensure a smoother ride and a more enjoyable ownership experience. Should you have any questions or encounter issues, don't hesitate to reach out to  for assistance. 


Remember, taking care of your battery today means more miles and even more smiles in the future!