We are here not to dissuade you from buying such a cool rideable, but to remind you to weigh in on the checklist before you take the plunge!
1. What is the local regulation about electric scooters?
Laws and regulations vary from country to country and even state to state. Some countries, states, regions don’t allow electric scooters to drive on the road. Some electric scooters are too slow to be a motor vehicle. Does it meet the requirement of speed? Please note that Mijia electric scooter Pro can run at up to 15km/h (ECO Mode), 20km/h (D Mode), 25km/h (S Mode). The new scooter features 6 times walking speed, which is perfectly fine for cities in China, but too slow for those in the USA. Is the pavement or road crowded when you commute? If it is, you shouldn’t drive at full speed just for being the coolest guy.
You don’t use Mijia electric scooter Pro to cover a long distance, right? Can it be taken onto the subway, bus, or train? Do you need to get a driving license in order to use Mijia electric scooter Pro? Nobody wants to be caught midway nor asked to stop, so consult the transportation bureau at first.
2. Where do you live and how far do you go?
Although the 2019 Xiaomi Mijia electric scooter uses air tires made of high-quality rubber which features excellent shock absorption, the scooter is not suitable for the cross-country journey, uneven roads in any conditions. What’s more, the 300W motor can’t carry you to climb up too steep slopes, not over 20 gradients for safety reasons. The electric scooter Pro is designed for flat cement roads and asphalt roads, wonderful for urban mobility.
Is your home/company far away from the bus stop or subway station, and it takes you a lot of time to go on foot? Is Mijia electric scooter Pro the best choice for you? Are there any better alternatives, for example, bike sharing services? The cruising distance on a full charge is 45km, 50% longer than that of Mijia M365 electric scooter, so is the extra range exactly what you are looking forward to?
3. What is the weather like?
Xiaomi Mijia electric scooter Pro is IP54 waterproof, however, you can’t ride it to wade through water, in the rain or snow. It is not only because the ground clearance is too low for the puddles, but also because the circuit is likely to be damaged by water. The sad truth is that you are powerless to change the weather. If the local weather is unsettled throughout a day, a season, or a year, don’t take the risk, because being stranded midway is suffering and leaving the costly vehicle unused afterward is not sensible.
4. Don’t ignore the heavier weight!
Xiaomi Mijia electric scooter Pro weighs 14.2kg, nearly 2kg heavier than the previous generation – Xiaomi M365 electric scooter. It’s definitely a burden for the kids and the elderly. Don’t take it for granted that the new Xiaomi Mijia electric scooter can support more load – 100kg, the same as the original Xiaomi Mijia M365 electric scooter because of the same aluminum alloy construction. We don’t mean to point it out ruthlessly, but your weight matters.
On which floor do you live? Is there an elevator to your apartment? Where to park the electric scooter should also be considered. If there is nowhere to park it safely, you will have to carry it upstairs/downstairs laboriously at least twice a day and ended up gasping each time.
5. The cost of the ownership
Apart from the cost of the new Xiaomi Mijia electric scooter itself, you should consider the cost of protective gears, electricity bill and maintenance at least. One of the key upgrades is a multifunctional LED display which indicates real-time speed, riding mode, battery level, headlight working status, Bluetooth connection, need of repair. Another one is 15km long cruising distance. Does the latest Xiaomi Mijia scooter meet your expectation because of the upgrades, in exchange of about $100 higher cost?
First of all, although Mijia electric scooter Pro has E-ABS and disc braking distance to help you brake to a halt quickly, any newbies shouldn’t risk bruising themselves. Skin is more vulnerable than the cement pavement, isn’t it? A helmet, two knee guards, two handguards are must-haves for more safety.
Secondly, it takes you more time, about 8 – 9 hours to charge 474Wh 12800mAh battery pack, 3 – 4 hours more compared with Xiaomi Mijia M365 electric scooter. Can you afford to wait for longer? Needless to say, charging such a high-capacity battery costs you more money, too.
In addition, as inflatable tires are subject to puncture, unlike solid tires, you will have to pump air into them, replace the old ones whenever necessary. If you prefer the worry-free use, using solid tires is a good idea, but riding will become less comfortable. What’s more, if you want to sit instead of standing all the time, adding a saddle to Mijia electric scooter Pro will be a good idea.
There is no denying that 2019 Mijia electric scooter is a more attractive rideable for most consumers because of the upgrades. However, instead of regret in the future, be a sensible consumer by considering these 5 things above before you buy the new urban vehicle.