Niu, a leading Chinese manufacturer of electric scooters that offer accessible prices and smart connectivity, has now launched a new model, the NQi Mini. Continuesly expanding their line of offering, NIU now enters the space of young riders. While the company has been successful in the European market as well as China in recent years, this new model is specifically aimed at children aged 3 to 8 years old.
The NQi Mini is visually similar to the NQi GTS, which is equivalent to a 125cc scooter, but with a smaller size and reduced power output. Despite the smaller size, the NQi Mini still features stabilizer wheels and a fully plastic body, with the same design as its larger counterpart. The overall dimensions of the scooter are 1100 x 530 x 740 mm, and it weighs just 11 kg.
The NQi Mini is powered by an electric motor that can reach a maximum speed of 5 km/h and offers three speeds, including reverse. It has a 12V 4.5 Ah lead battery, which provides up to 90 minutes of autonomy after a recharge time of 9 to 10 hours.
Although this battery may be considered old-fashioned compared to other scooter batteries that use more modern lithium-ion technology, it is still a good fit for the NQi Mini’s price point.
The mini scooter is capable of supporting a maximum weight of 80 kg, and it can accommodate two children. It has a top case, ambient lighting, and USB and SD ports for playing music. These are essential features that children are sure to enjoy during their rides.
Despite being an electric scooter for kids, the NQi Mini is still a high-quality vehicle that is built with safety in mind. The scooter has a braking system that comprises a front drum brake and a rear mechanical brake, which ensures smooth braking and safe stopping. Additionally, the NQi Mini comes with a safety belt that keeps the rider securely in place.
The NQi Mini is priced at 699 yuan in China, which is equivalent to 96 euros. While there is no word yet on whether Niu will offer this model for sale in Europe, this new model has the potential to expand the company’s customer base further. Niu has been successful with its affordable and connected electric scooters aimed at urban users, and the NQi Mini could help them build on this success by providing a reliable and fun electric scooter for kids.