Xiaomi Mi (M365) Electric Scooter Review
Xiaomi’s take on electric scooters look neat and promises a lot of value for a convenient priceby Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 00:40
You might have heard about Xiaomi in a different context than electric scooters, but that’s alright. The Chinese giant has been quickly expanding its tentacles to smartphones and fitness gear (especially bracelets and smartwatches), so it goes without saying that the company couldn’t just sit and watch the e-scooter boom without launching its own product. The Mi electric scooter, which, according to Xiaomi’s marketing talk, was created to work “as simple as it looks.” Well, it does look good, we’ll give you that. In fact, the scooter was awarded the Red Dot Award for design, but as it often happens, coming up with a tempting e-scooter isn’t just about the looks. So let’s dive deeper into what the Xiaomi Mi electric scooter has to offer.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Design
From the very off, we must mention that the Xiaomi Mi e-scooter looks great. Sure, it might offer the same matte black, aluminum frame package we’ve seen on some may e-scooters, but there’s something about the design that makes it rather fashionable, we might say, and its shapes just flow nicely from front to rear. Xiaomi also says it fitted the Mi electric scooter with a curved pedalboard for extra comfort, while the frame has been treated with a corrosion-resistant coating.
Moreover, the handlebar is equipped with a 4-LED battery level reader, a power button, a pedestrian bell, as well as a set of 1.1W headlights that offer a lighting range of up to 6 meters (around 18 feet) at night.
In addition, the rear fender hosts a red LED taillight that lets those behind know you’re there - this one is particularly useful when you happen to be riding on the street during low visibility conditions.
What other e-scooters don’t offer but you get on the Xiaomi Mi is a dedicated smartphone app that can be paired with the e-scooter via Bluetooth (think of a running app that pairs to your phone the same way). Once connected, the app lets you see a handful of stats, including your current speed, average speed, remaining power, and mileage. The app also lets you enable cruise control and software-lock the e-scooter.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Comfort and Practicality
As many other e-scooters in its price range, the Xiaomi Mi doesn’t feature a suspension setup. However, it makes up thanks to 8.5-inch pneumatic tires that will soak up light bumps and irregularities. They are, however, quite useless against potholes and larger obstacles, so you’ll have to keep a close eye on where you’re going. The scooter also comes with a folding design that allows users to swiftly fold the handlebar and secure it via a hood found on the rear fender.
Now, the Mi electric scooter tips the scales at 26.9 pounds (12.2 kilos), which is OK if you intend to carry it over short distances (i.e., from your car to your apartment), but otherwise cumbersome on longer distances.
Also keep in mind that it was designed with riders that weigh at most 220 pounds (100 kilos), so if your frame is a little bulkier, you might want to explore other alternatives.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Performance
Powered by a 250W hub electric motor, the Mi e-scooter can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph (that’s 25 km/h) - which, we think, is perfect for cruising around the city (and it’s not the first time we’ve said it). Now, the battery pack, says Xiaomi, is enough to generate a maximum range of 18.6 miles or 30 km, which is excellent and might save you from the daily charging routine, especially if your commute is not that long or it contains a section that you cover by hopping into public transport.
What’s more, the Xiaomi Mi has a braking distance of 13.1 feet (which is four meters) and thanks to its 16 Nm of torque (11.8 pound-feet) it can climb a 14% incline.
The braking setup combines regenerative electric braking for the front wheel and disc braking for the rear wheel, which allows for more control and composure, especially in those moments when you really need to slow down or draw to a complete halt. Even cooler is the fact that you can tailor the regen braking intensity to your liking, via three different settings.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Price
The Xiaomi Mi e-scooter can be ordered from Amazon for $499.
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter - What’s in the box
- Assembled electric scooter
- Extended nozzle adapter
- Screws x 4
- Hexagon wrench
- Tires x 2
- Charging adapter
- User manual
- Warranty card
- Quick start guide
|Dimensions||44.9 in x 42.5 in x 16.9 in|
|Folded dimensions||19.3 in x 42.5 in x 16.9 in|
|Weight||26.9 pounds (12.2 kilos)|
|Tire size||8.5 inches|
|Recommended tire pressure||50 psi|
|Top speed||15.5 mph (25 km/h)|
|Max torque||16 Nm (11.8 lb-ft)|
|Range||18.6 miles (30 km)|
|Charging time||5 hours|
|Braking distance||13.1 feet (4 meters) on dry asphalt|
|Max load||220 pounds (100 kilos)|