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Xiaomi rolls out Mi Qicycle foldable eBike

Xiaomi rolls out Mi Qicycle fo...
TheMi Qicycle foldable eBike joins an ever expanding range of products from Xiaomi 
TheMi Qicycle foldable eBike joins an ever expanding range of products from Xiaomi 
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Xiaomi's bike folds up for easy storage 
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Xiaomi's bike folds up for easy storage 
The eBike has Panasonic batteries for a 45 km range
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The eBike has Panasonic batteries for a 45 km range
The Qicycle works with a smartphone application to track key information 
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The Qicycle works with a smartphone application to track key information 
Qicycle weighs 14.5 kg, so it's not too difficult to lift into a car or train
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Qicycle weighs 14.5 kg, so it's not too difficult to lift into a car or train
TheMi Qicycle foldable eBike joins an ever expanding range of products from Xiaomi 
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TheMi Qicycle foldable eBike joins an ever expanding range of products from Xiaomi 
Power comes from a 250W front motor
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Power comes from a 250W front motor
When the battery goes flat, there's a three-speed Shimano hub to make pedalling easier
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When the battery goes flat, there's a three-speed Shimano hub to make pedalling easier
There are conventional controls for the gearing on the handlebars
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There are conventional controls for the gearing on the handlebars
The companion app includes GPS tracking
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The companion app includes GPS tracking
The cells in the Xiaomi battery pack are the same as the ones used in Tesla cars
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The cells in the Xiaomi battery pack are the same as the ones used in Tesla cars
The in-house power management system works out how much battery power is needed to augment your pedalling
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The in-house power management system works out how much battery power is needed to augment your pedalling
Xiaomi hasn't done all the development on the bike in-house
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Xiaomi hasn't done all the development on the bike in-house

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.

Source: Xiaomi

1 comment
Zappenfusen
Wouldn't desire to live in China but a $450.00 bike with the supposed attributes of the Xiaomi would be an interesting vehicle to own in the highly overpriced American e- bike market. As usual no go for we poor Patriots! Being firmly entrenched in the floundering "Middle Class" it appears I shall never own an e-bike other than the home made highly compromised, build it yourself variety. Lacking access to used up storage systems another huge hindrance. Majority of DIY variety include statement, "Used storage battery's readily available from Battery recyclers in most locales" which effectively render these DIY plans Hokum of the first order. Recyclers unloading old battery's in reality are few and far between in the real world! The supposed abundance of below par Laptop battery's is another favorite of sites such as Istructable's. These "Inventors" must be the most well connected, lucky Einsteins in this world! zapp zapp