Xiaomi-backed Ninebot C30 e-scooter is cheaper than many smartphones

  • Xiaomi-backed Ninebot recently launched the C-30 e-scooter in China at an introductory price which makes it cheaper than several high-end smartphones.
Ninebot C30 e-scooter.
Ninebot C30 e-scooter.

Xiaomi is known for packing several features in its smartphones and offering these at rather affordable prices. It has been a success formula which the Chinese company is looking at replicating in the sphere of electric mobility and its Ninebot C30 promises to be one of the cheapest e-scooters anywhere in the world.

Xiaomi-backed Ninebot recently launched the C-30 e-scooter in China at an introductory price of 2,000 yuan (approximately $428/ 22,000). Since the official launch, the price has been taken up to 3,5999 yuan (approximately $510/ 39,000). The price point promises to make it an extremely attractive proposition for Chinese customrs at a time when the country's government is looking at subsidizing EVs further.

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China is Ninebot's primary market and it enjoys massive success here which has prompted the company to reportedly explore avenues overseas as well. The C-30 could well fit in nicely in the EV space in other countries. And that's not just because of its price point.

In China, the top-speed of the C-30 is limited to 25 kmph due to local laws in place. This ensures that no license is required here to take this e-scooter out. With a range of 35 kilometers, the e-scooter is projected as a perfect city commuting option. The removal battery which weighs around six kilos can be taken indoors for a charge.

The stopping duties on the C-30 are taken care of by a hydraulic disc system while the rear gets drum brakes.

C-30 has seen many takers in China but Ninebot reportedly has plans of taking the e-scooter to the US and Europe as well at a time when city dwellers are increasingly shunning public transit options during Covid-19 times.

First Published Date: 15 Jul 2020, 16:51 PM IST
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