Chinese electric scooter maker Niu launched their new smart scooter the Niu N1s in Beijing on Tuesday. The Niu N1s will also be targeted at the European market.
The Niu N1s is the third e-scooter of the company and an upgraded version of the N1.
The word “Niu” in Chinese means “bull”, but is also used as a spoken slang word meaning “cool” or “awesome”.
The Niu N1s is powered by a 29 AH, 10 Kg (22 lbs.) battery made by Panasonic, Samsung and LG, with a two-year guarantee. The battery can be taken out from the e-scooter for in-home re-charging. The charging time is six hours. The company claims the Niu N1s can go 80 km per charge, or about four typical days of urban commuting.
An extra battery, which can be put into the 20 L storage space under the e-scooter’s saddle, can extend its range to 140 km per charge.
The e-scooter uses a BOSCH motor, and an EBS dual brake system which can re-charge the e-scooter when braking. It uses a LCD digital panel with a field of view (FOV) of 48°. Daytime running lights are installed in the e-scooter in accordance with the regulations of the European Union.
The company provides the users with a mobile app which shows the real-time information about their e-scooter, including the battery remaining, recent rides, and travel speed. Users can also lock and unlock the e-scooter on the app. Users can even track their e-scooter with real-time GPS technology if it is stolen— which hopefully doesn’t happen.
The Niu N1s comes in four colors. The company also provides Chinese consumers with another version with a bigger-capacity battery, which can guarantee a travel distance of 100 km per charge, according to the company.
The standard version of the e-scooter, the Niu N1s CIVIC, is priced at RMB 4,999 (USD 754); the larger-battery version Niu N1s SPORT is priced at RMB 5,999. The Niu N1s can be pre-ordered now on Tmall, the online shopping platform of Chinese tech giant Alibaba.
The Niu N1s can be pre-ordered now on Tmall, the online shopping platform of Chinese tech giant Alibaba.
Niu announced its overseas strategy last Wednesday. The company will work with local dealers, and mainly target the high-end markets of Europe, and then North America and Southeast Asia.
Germany is the first country to welcome the first batch of the Niu N1s e-scooters. Despite some slight differences from the standard version, the version of the Niu N1s for Europe is priced at EUR 2,699.
(Top photo from Tech.sina.com)