NIU launches the SQi electric moped, with pedals and 75 km of autonomy

NIU launches the SQi electric moped, with pedals and 75 km of autonomy

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The NIU SQi It can be described as one of the most elegant electric motorcycles in the entire catalog of the Chinese manufacturer. Although still it will take time to reach the European marketsince the launch will be in its country of origin, its design avant-garde and a large part of its features. stand out above all pedals that it includes, which in principle will be functional, although in Europe due to the power of its engine and the presence of an accelerator, it can never be considered an electric bicycle, but rather a moped.

Starting with the design, the sqi it is intended for the local Chinese market, at least in its current form. It maintains the round led headlight of the rest of the NIU range and that characterizes the front of all its models. It is almost the only feature that remains of the manufacturer’s usual construction scheme. While most of its electric scooters can be considered visually appealing with rounded panels and flowing lines, the SQi takes on a futuristic look, edging closer to a vehicle that could appear in a sci-fi movie. The moped shows an appearance marked by the front presided over by the led headlight and an aggressive body created by the panels of its exterior fairing.

The SQi adopts a futuristic look, closer to a vehicle that could appear in a science fiction movie than the rest of the Chinese manufacturer’s range.

The specifications that NIU has revealed regarding its electric propulsion system are the most basic that can be demanded. The electric motor sits on the rear wheel hub and offers a fairly modest power rating, 400W, although it is likely that at times of demand the tip far exceeds this amount. The battery is located in the body of the vehicle, between the pilot’s legs and works at 48 V. There will be two optionsa 20 Ah that gives it a capacity of 960Wh and another 24 Ah that increases it to 1,152Wh. The estimated autonomy is 65 and 75 kilometers respectively. battery is removable so that it can be recharged at any socket far from the moped, which does not require the installation of any linked charging point.

The NIU SQi has a pair of pedals that, although they are functional, their use cannot go beyond the anecdote since with this it will be difficult to move the weight and the resistance offered by the mechanics of the vehicle. Although the regulations of some countries can attribute to this vehicle the category of electric bicycle due to the implementation of this component, in Europe the power of its motor and the presence of an accelerator rule it out as such. As much as the assistance speed is limited to 25km/h. For this reason, in Europe, and more specifically in Spain, the NIU SQi will require homologation, insurance, registration, signal lights and a license to operate it.

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Cleverly camouflaged pedals appear below the point where the NIU SQi’s swingarm meets the frame.

The NIU SQi also inherits from the rest of the range a series of characteristics typical of its manufacturer, such as the connectivity through the company’s mobile phone application. That means its owners can use GPS to locate it and take advantage of the battery monitoring system for diagnosis. They can also set the vehicle options and do it all remotely from anywhere.

According to the manufacturer’s website, the price of the NIU SQi starts at 8,999 RMB for the basic version and goes up to 9,599 for the superior version (approximately 1,300 and 1,400 euros respectively at the current exchange rate). The arrival of the NIU SQI to other markets such as Europe or America is still to be confirmedalthough the highlight of its attractive design and its price will not take long to attract the attention of the international market, possibly with a different electrical configuration, but trying to keep it as a cheaper option than the electric scooters of the brand.


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