Xiaomi follows up $375 e-bike with $450 electric moped touting 120 km range

Xiaomi is probably best known for its range of cell phones and other handheld electronics. But the company has made significant progress in the electric bicycle market as well. Xiaomi’s newest offering is a long-range electric moped. The Xiaomi Himo T1 e-moped also comes with an unbelievably low price tag of just $450.

Xiaomi’s new Himo T1 electric moped

Xiaomi is no stranger to the electric bicycle market.

The company unveiled its first electric folding bike model last year. The Himo V1 was a pint-sized folding e-bike that Xiaomi offered for just $261.

Xiaomi recently followed up with a larger folding e-bike, the Himo C20. It featured larger wheels and higher capacity battery, yet still retained a low price of $375.

Now Xiaomi is back with their first electric moped: The Himo T1. And true to form, Xiaomi has again kept the price surprisingly low at around $450.

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Himo T1 tech specs

The Himo T1 is something of an electric bicycle in an electric scooter’s body – a true electric moped. And like many mopeds, the pedals are mostly just there to make the Himo T1 legal as an e-bike. Riders can simply rest their feet on the scooter-style floorboard.

The moped sports a rear hub motor rated at a nominal 350 W, but I’d wager that it’s putting out closer to 750 W of peak power – at a minimum.

With a 48 V battery, the Himo T1 would need just a tiny 7 A controller to meet 350 W. It is much more likely that the T1 is hiding a 15 A or even 20 A controller under the hood, which would put the peak power in the 720-960 W range.

The Himo T1’s 48 V battery is rated at 14 Ah, which packs in 672 Wh of energy. That’s good for 60 km (37 mi) of range. But for those needing even more range, the moped also has a 28 Ah option for a total of 1.34 kWh of battery capacity and a maximum range of 120 km (75 mi).

A front suspension fork and dual coilover rear suspension should make for a decently smooth ride.

Stopping power in the front comes from a hydraulic disc brake. The rear employs both a cable-actuated drum brake and regenerative braking via the in-wheel motor. The company claims a dry braking distance of 4.5 m (14 ft).

Xiaomi hasn’t listed the top speed or weight of the Himo T1 yet, but a new law recently enacted in China limits electric bicycles to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and 55 kg (121 lb). So it’s a safe bet to assume it matches the legal limit on top speed. And by the looks of the T1, it should weigh in at well under 55 kg.

The electric moped uses a simple one-button start and features a large digital display. The front headlight is shaped like the ‘O’ in the English Himo logo and includes both high and low beams.

Domestic sales and deliveries of the Himo T1 are set to begin on June 4th. There’s no word yet on when it will be available in the US or Europe. But like most of Xiaomi’s previous electric bikes, it is likely to pop up on Chinese deal sites like AliExpress and GearBest with international shipping options.

You can see the T1 in action in the video below. And before you go, let us know what you think of Xiaomi’s new Himo T1 electric moped in the comment section below.

from Electrek http://bit.ly/2KTnJTc