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First entering the global market in 2016, Niu electric scooters are now in Malaysia, and priced at RM8,800, including road tax, insurance and registration. Imported into Malaysia by MForce Bike Holding, the Niu N-Series has been launched as an introductory model.
The Niu is road legal in Malaysia and is powered by a 29 Ah Panasonic battery that weighs 10 kg. The battery pack is removable for external charging and provides power to the 1.5 kW Bosch electric motor that is capable of producing 2,400 watts of power and 120 Nm of torque.
However, speed is limited to 45 km/h, making the Niu suitable for short urban trips, with range claimed to be 70 km on a single charge. Recharge time to full capacity using domestic electrical supply is said to take six hours.
Weighing in at 95 kg, the Niu rolls on 12-inch wheels, with single disc brakes front and rear. Regenerative braking is used to top-up the battery and the swingarm is a composite of titanium and aluminium to keep weight down. Smart phone connectivity is used for navigation, charging stations, real-time diagnostics and vehicle alarm.
Equipment fit-out is minimalistic on the Niu with LED lighting front and back, an LCD meter to show speed, battery level and the rider can choose from three ride modes, as well as a seat that is 740 mm off the ground. Under the seat is a 18.9-litre storage space, with a USB charger and cargo hook inside the front cowl.