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Sunday 4 November 2018

NIU, “The Tesla Of Electric Scooters”

Zachary Shahan, director & chief editor here at CleanTechnica, interviewed NIU International Director Joseph Constanty at Autonomy in Paris last year. Below is a rundown of the high-quality connected scooter company, the “Tesla of electric scooters.” NIU is reportedly the world’s top selling smart electric scooter.

Zachary leads into the discussion by jumping to the core question: “You have a hot electric scooter here, really really beautiful vehicle. We see news here and there about the different electric scooters — can you tell us 4 or 5 things that are particularly special, unique about your scooter, that sets it apart?’

Niu’s vital International Director jumps in. “Okay, Niu — we’re the largest smart scooter company in the world. Smart meaning connected. We’ve sold about 330,000* scooters globally. We use lithium-ion batteries that are removable from the scooter. Those batteries — our main supplier is Panasonic. Our motors are a hub-mounted motor from Bosch, and we’ve co-developed that with them.” [*The figure is now more than 430,000 sales globally.]

Zachary asks, “Maybe it actually works if you sit on the scooter a bit while we chat. … So the motor’s Bosch.”

Joseph expands, “we co-collaborated and designed the architecture of the removable battery.”

“18650 cells?” Zach asks. (That is the cell size that was originally used in Tesla vehicles, but Tesla now has a new size for the Model 3 that is a bit larger.)


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