Xiaomi is a giant of the Chinese electronics world, and since releasing its first smartphone in 2011, it has branched out into a range of consumer electronic devices, including drones, smart TVs and fitness bands. Now, joining its personal mobility offerings is a new foldable eBike called the Mi Qicycle.
Weighing in at just 14.5 kg (32 lb), the Qicycle uses a lithium-ion Panasonic battery pack to power a 250W, 36V high-speed motor. Energy output is managed by an in-house battery management system, which feeds information to a smartphone companion app tracking the battery status, GPS navigation and riding statistics.
There's also a built in trip computer, providing speed, range, power and calories burned, just like any off-the-shelf Garmin. Unlike a Garmin, however, the system lets users scroll through fitness, power-saving, balanced and battery charge modes for the EV assist.
Range is pegged at just under 45 km (28 mi), and if the battery runs flat there is a Shimano Nexus 3-speed gear hub to make life a bit easier. When it comes time to hop into a train or car, the bike folds up for easy storage.
As is the case with most Xiaomi products, the Qicycle is unlikely to leave China. Pricing starts at RMB¥2,999 (US$450), and there will be a range of colors available.
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