NIU, a leading manufacturer of electric scooters, mopeds, and e-bikes, has recently unveiled its latest product: the XQi3 electric motorcycle. The new bike features a futuristic design inspired by Cyberpunk aesthetics, and a powerful motor that can reach speeds of up to 75 km/h (46.6 mph).
The NIU XQi3 is aimed at competing with the popular Sur Ron Light Bee X, an electric dirt bike that has a peak power output of 6 kW (8 hp) and a top speed of 72 km/h (45 mph). The NIU XQi3 offers a higher power of 8 kW (10.7 hp) and a slightly faster speed, while also providing an option for buyers who prefer less edgy looks.
The XQi3 comes in three different color options, which all change the color and pattern on the metal plate covering the sides of the battery pack. The various shades of off-white, purple, and yellow give the XQi3 a touch of the retro-futuristic look, mixed with a bit of Cyberpunk. The circular LED headlight mounted to the KKE upside-down forks also looks the part, as do the long bench seat and minimalist front and rear mudguards.
The XQi3 has a removable battery pack that consists of two 72V 36Ah batteries, for a combined capacity of 5.2 kWh. The bike has a range of 119 km (74 miles) according to the World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC), which mimics real-world riding conditions. The bike also features dual-piston brakes, 19-inch wheels, and a digital dashboard.
A global launch planned for 2022
The NIU XQi3 was first announced at the CES 2020 event in January last year, but its launch was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bike is expected to enter the Chinese market in the second half of 2021, with a price tag of US$5,499. This is more than US$1,000 higher than the Sur Ron Light Bee X, which costs US$4,200.
However, NIU has also confirmed that it plans to launch the XQi3 in other markets, including Europe and the US, by 2022. The bike will be homologated for Europe by the beginning of 2022, and will reach NIU dealers in Europe by spring 2022. The US launch will follow shortly after, but will take slightly longer to achieve DOT homologation.
NIU has also revealed that it is working on a higher-spec version of the XQi3, which will have a peak power output of 30 kW (40 hp) and a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph). This version was originally promised at the CES 2020 event, but it is not clear when it will be available.
The NIU XQi3 is an exciting addition to the electric motorcycle market, offering a stylish and powerful alternative to the Sur Ron Light Bee X. The bike is expected to appeal to riders who are looking for a fun and eco-friendly way to explore the trails and the streets.