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After almost two weeks with the new MQi GT Evo, it is appropriate to certify the Chinese electric scooter manufacturer Niu Jìnbù.

Compared to the predecessor MQi GT without the suffix Evo, it is even a giant jìnbù.

Walter Will

“Technology and Engine” editorial team

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We described the previous MQi GT, which was still available, in detail in October 2021.

A brief look back and summarized: a modern electric scooter for driving license class A1 or the car driving license with the B196 supplement, with a top speed of around 70 km/h, significantly faster than the usual 45 km/h city scooters, but always for a longer stay on country roads or sections of the motorway still too lame.

Key data: 48-volt system, 3.1 kW wheel hub motor, two removable batteries each with a capacity of 1.49 kWh, three riding modes.

Last year, the MQi GT was the flagship of the Niu brand, it cost 3400 euros at the time.

Today 3700 euros are required, everything is more expensive.

A serious option for commuters

But many things are better.

With the new Evo version for 5000 euros, the Chinese company erases a number of weaknesses that we noticed on the MQi GT at the time.

Most important point: The handy 128-kilo scooter runs smoothly 100 things, unless it goes uphill.

On the main road, on the ring road, he is now merrily involved without the driver feeling like a defenseless victim who is about to be swept away by a truck.

This also makes the Niu a serious option for commuters who flock to the city from outside.

At least when the total distance between two charging processes can be clearly calculated and does not significantly exceed 50 to 60 kilometers.

Otherwise things will get tight, although the batteries now each have a capacity of 1.87 kWh.

In our case, the promised range of 92 kilometers after fully charging was always utopian.

Almost 20 kilometers have to be deducted to be on the safe side.

We really challenged the test Niu: a good 25 kilometers there, 25 kilometers back, half through the hustle and bustle of the big city and galloping across the country at half power.

The consumption display of the on-board computer acknowledged this with just under 50 to a good 60 Wh per kilometer, i.e. around 5 to 6 kWh per 100 kilometers.

After a good 50 kilometers, the battery level had melted down to just over 20 percent with a remaining range of around 20 km.

If the level drops below 15, the vehicle activates its E-Save mode, which is limited to 48 km/h.

The two batteries, which together with the charger and cable take up the entire storage space under the seat, then have to spend around four hours in the socket.

They can remain in the vehicle or be carried into the house - in the latter case, 14 kilos have to be carried twice.