The NIU SQi Electric Bike Looks Like A Full-course Meal But It’s Just A Starter
Having aced electric scooters, it was about time Chinese EV-maker NIU took the wraps off its electric motorcycle. Doing exactly that, the company has introduced the all-new NIU SQi which, though looks like the real deal, will leave you hungry for more. Why? Well, read on to find out.
NIU SQi Electric Bike - Details
The NIU SQi is quite handsome. Up top, the bike boasts NIU’s signature halo-headlight along with sleek LED indicators and gaited forks. Things take a futuristic turn in the middle as you get a shiny metallic body complete with a hollow panel under the seat. Meanwhile, bringing everything together is the minimalistic tail featuring an LED tail lamp.
Like most EVs, the NIU SQi has no shortage of features either. While we aren’t sure what most of these are (NIU’s Chinese product page for the win), we know the bike has an LCD instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity and voice control along with all-LED lights. We also know the app lets you monitor battery performance, track bike location, and even start without a key, but that’s all we could translate.
All this is more than enough to qualify the NIU SQi as a full-course meal, but sadly, the specs tell a different story. This is because the electric bike employs a puny 400W motor along with a 960Wh battery, resulting in a 25kmph top speed and just 65km range. What makes matters worse is the 5-hour charge time, which is quite high for such a small battery. In case you’re out of juice, the pedals will help you come back home.
As for underpinnings, the SQi makes do with telescopic forks up front and chunky monoshock outback while rolling on ten-spoke alloy wheels clamped by single disc brakes.
To round off, the NIU SQi does impress in a few aspects but leaves us wanting more, thanks to its motorcycle-like looks but bike-like specs. Lucky for us, NIU is already working on a full-sized electric motorcycle, the RQi, which will pack more performance, better underpinnings, and even better looks.