Xiaomi has unveiled its first ever electric bicycle, ‘Qicycle Electric Folding Bike’ at an event in China. The much-awaited ‘Mi Smart Bike’ will be available at a price tag of at CNY 2999 (Roughly Rs 31,000).
Weighing-in 7 kilograms, the Qicycle is made of carbon fibre and packs a host of sensors. The bicycle has been bestowed with the Red Dot Design Award 2016. The electric bike is powered by Panasonic’s 18,650 mAh battery, which assists the rider’s pedalling for 45 kilometers on a single charge. The Shimano Gear Shifters lets the user switch gears based on his route. The QiCycle sports front and rear lights built into its frame. Like all Xiaomi smart gadgets, the Qicycle comes with an app integration. Using the smartphone app, you track the distance, speed, calories burned, GPS location, and more. Similar to how its recently launched electric cooker could keep track of the rice softness using the app.
The Qicycle seems like a good idea for a country like China which holds Guinness World Records for traffic jams and pollution. To make effective use of space, it can easily be folded when not in use. The only problem I see here is its height (or lack of it). Going by the press images, it seems impossible for non-dwarfs to ride this bike.