New NIUs: Chinese electric scooter maker unveils latest two models designed for the streets of Europe
Even though Europe is ripe with scooters zipping around its streets, the variety and options for all-electric scooters don’t come close to matching those of gas scooters.
That may not be the case for long though, as an increasing number of electric scooter options are becoming available every month. Yesterday, the Chinese company Niu unveiled their two latest electric scooters that have been developed specifically for the European market. Niu is aggressively targeting Europe with its new electric scooters, focusing on young, stylish consumers that are likely to make up a large portion of the growing electric scooter market.
The two new electric scooters were unveiled in style at the Louvre Museum in Paris, where the company pitched the scooters to hundreds of journalists in the audience.
The Niu M+ scooter is the entry model based on the existing Niu M-series line of scooters, but upgraded to accommodate two riders. The M+ comes with a removable Li-ion battery pack built with Panasonic 18650 cells and which can be charged in 3.5 hours.
Niu claims that a full battery charge should last for 130 km (81 mi) and comes with a 3 year warranty. The slick-looking battery comes in a rigid case with folding carry handle, making it easy to remove to charge indoors, like many other electric scooters. Niu estimates the battery to last for 5 years of use based on its cycle life rating.
The M series scooter that it is based on has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), which usually allows it to legally fit into the looser legislated class of sub-50 cc scooters. It is priced at €2,299 ($2,700) in Europe. This scooter is clearly destined for inner city commuting.
There is also another option which is the N-GT which can reach a higher top speed of 70 km/h (43.5 mph) with a range of 170 km (106 mi), but is a bit pricey at €4,499 ($5,300).
But more competition and options (as well as ongoing technical innovations) means the affordability will only get better in the next few years.