Xiaomi just announced QiCycle, its first folding electric bike at an event in China. This is developed under its new sub-brand Mi Ecosystem, which is also known as MIJIA.
It has patented longitudinal folding design so that the main beam is not folded and it can also be stored easily after folding. It has TMM torque sensing technology, so when you step on the pedal it will be able to know how much effort you give, and provides you appropriate power to ride the cycle comfortably. It uses 250W 36V high-speed motor so that you can even climb steep roads easily and has a maximum speed of 20km/h.
It has a smart meter that lets you set different riding needs. It has intelligent motion data monitoring to keep track of speed, mileage, dynamic power and calorie burnt when riding. These are shown on a 1.8-inch (160 x 128 pixels) screen. The data can be synced to a smartphone app via Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
It uses Shimano gear shift with three modes – easy, standard and fast. This offers easy riding even if the bike runs out of charge.
It uses Panasonic 18650 battery that combines twenty 2900mAh Li-ion battery cells offering 208.8Wh power with BMS battery management technology. The battery is built into the frame so that it can be replaced easily. The battery lasts up to 45km of ride after a full charge. It takes about 3 hours to charge the bike.
It has a lightweight aluminum frame design so that it weighs just 13.5kg. It has been certified for European electric vehicle standard EN 15194 and has IPX5 rated for water resistance.
The Xiaomi QiCycle electric bike is priced at 2999 yuan (US$ 455 / Rs. 30695 approx.) and will be available for order in China starting from today through crowd funding.