Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
New electric scooter brand enters local market
Posted on 12-Nov-2018 17:04 | Filed under: News

New electric scooter brand enters local market

A major new entrant into the New Zealand electric scooter market has arrived in Auckland - offering a new standard in safety for its customers and advocating for mandatory use of helmets.


Xiaomi or ‘Mi’ as the brand is also known, is the company behind the Mi Electric Scooter, a top selling model overseas which contains a number of advanced safety features.


New Zealand spokesperson for Mi, Eric Chang says the popularity of rentable scooters has driven a significant interest in the Mi electric model among customers wanting to have one of their own.


“Safety is a key consideration in the design and operation of the scooters. This model has a dual-brake system; front E-ABS, regenerative anti-lock braking system and rear mechanical disc brake system.


“The front anti-lock braking system prevents the wheels from locking even under hard braking or on surfaces with low friction like wet roads.


“The scooters are also equipped with a low power mode which restricts the maximum speed, ultra bright headlights, a warning tail light that flashes during braking, skid-resistant inflatable tyres, and a handlebar bell,” says Chang


In addition Chang says users will need to manually push the scooter to a speed of 5kmph to start, unlike the immediate acceleration which can come from a rented model, allowing the user time to adapt to the responsiveness of the battery.


Chang says the company will also encourage the purchase of helmets at the point of sale.


“Helmets are one of the few non Mi branded products we will sell but it is important to us that the public are better equipped and educated about the need for safety on our roads; we believe everyone using an electric scooter should be wearing a helmet,” he says.


More than 600 people queued for hours outside the store before it opened to the public following a VIP launch event.


With over 9% of the global market, Mi is also the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer and one of the fastest growing mobile phone brands.


Mi is renowned internationally for bringing innovation to consumers at an affordable price.In addition to cellular phones, their internet enabled products available at the new store will include robotic vacuum cleaners, wearable tech, home automation, smart appliances and, lifestyle products such as electric toothbrushes, towels and other homewares.


The Mi Electric Scooter has a range of about 29km on a single charge and can travel at up to 25km per hour. It is also equipped with features such as cruise control - which are accessed via the Mi app.


Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Recommend an upper midrange plain Android phone
Created by timmmay, last reply by timmmay on 28-Jan-2020 21:10 (46 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4

Can't scale display to fill TV monitor
Created by Rikkitic, last reply by Rikkitic on 27-Jan-2020 14:47 (43 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Why I'm not buying Sonos again
Created by dafman, last reply by dafman on 25-Jan-2020 22:16 (82 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6

Recommendation for new mid-sized SUV
Created by nvpradeepkumar, last reply by scuwp on 27-Jan-2020 17:53 (58 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4

New House build - Help needed
Created by 33coupe, last reply by billgates on 29-Jan-2020 09:56 (27 replies)
Pages... 2

Electric Vehicle Battery Failures: Nissan Leaf etc - Be Prepared!
Created by frednz, last reply by frednz on 29-Jan-2020 08:22 (43 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Isolating Some Plumbing from Whole House Filtration
Created by Paul1977, last reply by Handle9 on 28-Jan-2020 23:59 (10 replies)

Advice for new laptop/2in1/pc
Created by HelpAli, last reply by HelpAli on 28-Jan-2020 17:57 (10 replies)