If you are a lover of electric mobility, a scooter equivalent of 50 cm3 is an option to consider. These machines are maneuverable, relatively accessible in terms of price, and their battery life is sufficient for small journeys. In France, these gear are conduisibles from 14 years with a permit AM (formerly BSR), or 18 years of age with a simple car driving licence (Licence B). Please note that no permit is required for those who are born before 31 December 1987. Finally, these machines may not exceed 45 km/h (50 km/h meter) is the maximum permitted speed in built-up areas.

The two machines offer a speed controller. Niu

If these arguments have piqued your interest, you will probably go look on the side of the chinese brand Niu, which offers a wide range of electric scooters at prices rather reasonable. The machines of this manufacturer seduce by their original design and their good quality of finish for the category. At the time of making your selection, you may want to certainly opt for a machine with two seats. You can therefore allow yourself to be tempted by the small M+ Sport, or by the more imposing model N. But as the version N1S begins to accuse the weight of years, the logical choice would be the new NPro, is the device most high-end the brand in this segment.

as Well, should he be tempted by the M+ Sport sold 2 599 euros (excluding aid)? Or rather choose the NPro charged all the same 4 499 euros (excluding aid)? In terms of design, the NPro is fun with his appearance, is cubic with red stripes. The M+ Sport, to him, is decked out in a look quite strange, and seems small at first. Both models are equipped with a powerful headlight round, found on all models of the manufacturer. An element that can best be seen, because on an electrical machine, the other road users can’t hear you arrive. The M+ Sport develops even LED on its sides, that will make it more visible in the dark in addition to give it an air scooter of the future.

The height of the saddle will be welcoming for the majority of the templates. Niu

At the level of the equipment, both machines have a USB port for charging a smartphone, as well as a pockets and a hook for hanging a bag. These elements, however, are much better thought out on the high-end model. On the small M+ Sport, the empty-pockets is sized a little large, and it also acts as a hook, which is not really practical. Both machines also offer a regulator of speed, but we have found no utility in an urban environment. On the other hand, the direction indicators with automatic return, available standard on the two Niu, have proved to be very practical.

speaking of the wolf, the flashing of scooters from the chinese brand make the noise when it clicks into place. In the case of M+ Sport, the noise is barely noticeable, but remember that the turn signals are on. On the NPro, it is possible to modify the sound emitted by the indicators. After a time spent trying multiple sounds quite ridiculous, we were able to select music that is more discreet, which we maintained for the rest of our test. The combined instrumentation of the NPro is a great tablet. The visibility of the information is certainly perfect, but too many data that constantly arise (recovery of braking energy, light eco, power used) will eventually affect the concentration of the driver, which would be better to keep your eyes on the road.

The engine of the NPro displays a power of 3 kW continuous and 4 kW peak, as well as a torque of 150 Nm. Niu

The M+ Sport, him, trusted a numeric keypad of a sufficient size to be clearly legible, and that do not dilute, never the driver. The two gears have a smartphone app that provides information about the status of the scooter (it informs, for example, the remaining battery level and can prevent a potential theft attempt). On the NPro, if this application is not installed or updated, you will face a multitude of bugs on the handset instrumentation, which will be annoying in the long run. If these electric scooters have many features, they sometimes forget about the essentials. Because of their batteries, these devices offer no safety deposit box.

In both cases, the seat height will be welcoming for the majority of templates (740 mm high on the NPro and 710 mm high for the M+ Sport). The small model is easy to béquiller thanks to its light weight 60 kg (excluding the battery). One cannot say as much of the NPro, which exceeds 100 kg if one takes into account the mass of its batteries (87 kg without). According to the noise of corridors, the NPro is in reality a N-GT (equivalent to 125 cm3) restricted to 50 km/h! Information plausible, since the datasheet of the NPro is exactly the same as that of the N-GT.

because of their batteries, these devices do not offer safety deposit box. Niu

The engine of the NPro displays a power of 3 kW continuous and 4 kW peak, as well as a torque of 150 Nm. Its acceleration is impressive, and do not fail before the vehicle reaches its top speed. The times are so vivid that it is surprising to follow the displacements are higher, up to the time where the allure hangs at 50 km/h. the experience somewhat frustrating. Three modes of conduct are enclenchables. The mode “E-Save”, which limits the speed to 18 km/h, has no interest. The mode “Dynamic”, not allowing to exceed 37 km/h, is useful to save battery life in small arteries, but constantly to change the mode is quickly boring. Thus, it will remain most of the time in “Sport” mode, which allows a top speed of 50 km/h.

The NPro is equipped with disc brakes (without ABS), which does not lend the flank to criticism. Its suspensions, in contrast, are too firm to move on a daily basis in a city like Paris, where the state of the roads is more and more disturbing and dangerous. Another negative point, the NPro is not very stable, and is not a model student in regards to maneuverability. This is probably due to its high weight, and its wheels are small and thin. The saddle is of sufficient size to consider routes as a duo, left to decrease the ease of handling of the gear. The available power is significant when a passenger joins the adventure, but the instant torque will not be pleasant for the latter, which will be strongly shaken.

M+ Sport we were able, on average, to do a little more than 60 km with a single charge Niu

the personality of The M+ Sport is the opposite of that of the NPro. Its engine hasa power of just 1.2 kW continuous and 2 kW peak. Its performance is ridiculous when you put it on the face of his big brother, but they are correct for the category. Despite the instant torque which is usually a salt of electric vehicles, the M+ Sport is a dire lack of energy. It has only the modes “E-Save” and “Sport”, and it is the second that will be initiated during 99 % of the time. In terms of braking, the M+ Sport is equipped with two discs (without ABS). The decelerations are powerful, but it will have to be wary because the wheels tend to lock easily. As on the NPro, the suspensions are far preferred comfort.

where the M+ Sport improve its image, that is, when it is necessary to turn or slip. The gear, very compact, goes almost everywhere, while revealing itself to be quite stable. Its light weight gives it unmatched manoeuvrability. A real pleasure in city driving. Despite its small size, the machine readily accommodates a passenger. Certainly, it should not be too large, under the penalty of miss a little place. But nothing insurmountable for fans of the leading duo. In this configuration, the engine is not very powerful, however, will be in trouble.

The NPro exceeds 100 kg if one takes into account the weight of its batteries. Niu

the battery of The M+ Sport is detachable, but the craft can also be loaded directly on sector. The refill takes 8.5 hours according to the manufacturer. The NPro, for its part, is equipped with two accumulators. They are removable, but difficult to go back to his apartment. The charge takes 3 hours and 30 minutes per battery, and the charger is heavy and noisy. We will thus prefer to directly load the gear on a socket (if this is possible). We would like to highlight the fact that the magazine of the M+ Sport is lighter and quieter than that of its big brother.

Comes now the question of autonomy, the Achilles heel of electric vehicles. The little M+ Sport has allowed us, on average, to do a little more than 60 km with a single charge. However, it happened to us to undertake a journey of 20 km, with approximately 50 % remaining battery, and crimping the failure “dry”. In this kind of situation, it is helpful to know that when the battery percentage is too low (between 10% and 15%), the machine hangs in “E-Save”. So you need to find a way to get around 18 km/h smoothly, and without fine (sidewalks, bike paths). The Niu NPro, with its two batteries, doesn’t have that kind of worry. In the worst of conditions (duo, long straights, steep hills) the self is never dropped below 75 km. In circulating normally (on the Sport mode only!), it is possible to exceed the 90 km range. One of the best values in the category, which is sufficient in the vast majority of cases.

OUR OPINION

Proposed to the honest price of 2 599 euros (excluding aid), Niu M+ Sport is a good choice for those who only make short journeys. Its handling and its template little imposing make it ideal for younger kids and beginners on two wheels. The NPro, sold 1 900 euros more expensive (4 euros 499 excluding aid), is less practical, and worthwhile to justify such a price difference. However, its autonomy is a cure for one of the major barriers to the purchase of an electric vehicle. This is paid for. Some would say that a scooter thermal is much better for half the price, and they will not harm. But the extra power offered by the NPro is a huge selling point for adults who wish to obtain a level of performance that is comfortable without permit.

Thanks to GO2Roues for the loan of these vehicles in the paris region.

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