Xiaomi’s new Mi Electric Scooter 1S is launching in the UK and Europe in August 2020 and will replace the world’s most popular e-scooter to date, the M365. Apart from the shift in naming convention, there are some smart upgrades and enhancements compared to its predecessor.
Let’s dive straight into the Xiaomi Mi 1S review, which includes a comparison of the new Mi 1S v the M365.
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Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S: Quick Links
- Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S: Key Features
- Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S Review
- What’s New?: Xiaomi Mi 1S v M365 Comparison
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S: Key Features
- Maximum speed 15.5mph (25 km/h)
Maximum range (optimum conditions) 18.6 miles / 30km
Motor power 250 watts (maximum 500W)
Sophisticated cruise control mode for easy riding
Three-speed driving modes: Speed, Drive (standard) and Pedestrian
Max gradient 14% to tackle hills with ease
Dual braking system – Automatic electronic regenerative brakes with E-ABS and rear disc brake
Shock absorbing and skid resistant 8.5-inch (21.6cm) wheels
Upgraded multi-functional LED display includes: Speed, distance, driving mode and battery level
Quick-folding minimalist design made from aerospace-grade aluminium alloy
Front and rear lights with all-around reflectors
Battery charge time 5.5 hours and smart battery management system
Smartphone enabled with the Mi Home app
Promoted at Xiaomi’s launch event with the strap-line ‘ride the last mile’, the Mi 1S is aimed at commuters and short trips; however, it’s capable of a lot more than that.
Compared to existing models, the Mi 1S is an improvement with enhanced features over the M365.
Performance and power
For a mid-range electric scooter, the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S has solid power and performance – speed, motor and range – for everyday use in the UK and Europe. And it boasts a more efficient next-generation battery which will last longer.
A maximum speed of 25km/h (15.5mph) is plenty fast enough considering the speed restrictions and laws in place for the UK and most of Europe. For the rental e-scooter trial, the maximum speed in the UK is 20km/h (12.4mph) which is in line with the maxim speed limits in Germany, France and Denmark.
With the UK considering a maximum electric scooter speed limit of 25km/h (15.5mph) on roads, there’s no need for anything faster.
Three-speed driving modes
The Xiaomi Mi1S features three-speed driving modes – Pedestrian, Drive (standard) and Sports – and boasts a sophisticated cruise control system.
At 0-20km/h (0-12.4mph), Sports is the fastest mode which is perfect for commuting and getting you somewhere quicker. Drive (or standard) mode at 0-20km/h (0-12.4mph) is best for all-round use and cruising around the park.
And Pedestrian mode is a safer 0-5km/h (0-3.1mph) is ideal if you’re in heavy traffic or need to travel at a walking pace.
The Mi 1S front-wheel 250 watts (with 500W maximum) motor powers the Xiaomi Mi 1S, which is ample for commuting and most everyday use. And there’s plenty enough power for handling up to 14% gradient hills and carrying a maximum load of 100kg.
With speed restrictions in place in most countries, you don’t need more power to go faster.
The Xiaomi Mi 1S range is up to 30km (18.6 miles). The actual range, however, varies and depends on several factors, including, the load weight, scooter speed, road conditions, wind speed and temperature.
A high safety lithium battery with a significant power supply offers safe and durable performance. And longer battery life is enabled by a new energy recovery system which converts kinetic energy into electrical energy.
Furthermore, the battery management system has six smart protections to keep the battery safe and extend its life. The Mi Home app monitors the battery continuously and flags up any problems immediately.
Rider safety is a crucial component built into the design of the Xiaomi 1S. The wheels and tyres, dual-braking system, lights and reflectors, and driving control and display, combine for a safer riding experience.
Wheels and tyres
Xiaomi’s shock absorbent and skid-resistant 8.5-inch (21.6cm) tyres produce a comfortable and smoother ride over roads and non-paved roads such as gravel, dirt and grass. These tyres make the 1S scooter easier to control and handle, whatever the surface.
With puncture-resistance and durability increased by three-fold, the new and improved tyres make a safe ride.
A dual-braking system with front E-ABS (electronic anti-lock braking system) and a rear disc brake, combine for a shorter and safer braking distance. The front and rear brakes activate after one another to ensure safe stopping.
Lights and reflectors
The ultra-bright 2W front headlight on the Xiaomi 1S enhances your view and makes you more visible at night. The angle of the light has also been improved to avoid headlight dazzle.
At the rear, the red backlight automatically comes on with the headlight. When you brake, the rear light blinks as a warning to other vehicles and pedestrians.
For extra safety, reflectors at the front, sides and on the backlight enhance night visibility.
Together, the improved lights and new reflectors make driving safer at night and in the day.
Ease of use riding and transporting
Like previous Xiaomi’s, ease of use and transporting your scooter is paramount to the overall experience. Intuitive controls and a multi-functional LED display, the design and build, straightforward portability and the Xiaomi app makes the Mi 1S a joy to operate.
On the right-side handlebar, the thumb-controlled throttle provides smooth acceleration. And the moderate resistance with timely feedback makes it easy to control the driving speed.
The left-side handlebar has a bike-like lever which activates the rear brake and a thumb-controlled bell.
On both sides, a comfortable grip made from rubber and plastic ensures you’re hands are safe on the handlebars.
A multi-functional LED display dashboard allows you to view and control a range of settings. From the dashboard, you can select one of the three driving modes – Pedestrian, Drive (standard) and Speed. It also provides speed, distance, battery level, lock status and more.
Design and build
The Xiaomi Mi 1S has a simple and sleek design made from aerospace-grade aluminium alloy. For the launch, it’s available in stylish black and dark grey with yellow trim from the reflectors.
It’s a robust and sturdy build and able to handle a 100kg load weight.
Transporting and portability
Light, durable and weighing just 12.5kb, the Mi 1S is easy to transport and move around. The low weight makes commuting more straightforward if you’re carrying your scooter on and off trains or navigating stairs.
What’s New?: Xiaomi Mi 1S v M365 Comparison
The Xiaomi Mi 1S has a series of updates compared to the M365 which includes; an additional riding mode, an improved multi-functional LED display, enhanced safety features, better rear mudguard (fender) and some cosmetic changes.
There’re enough changes to call it an update, but some fans wanting more may be disappointed. If you’ve already got a world-beating e-scooter and need to satisfy new European legislation, Xiaomi has decided not to reinvent the wheel.
An early look suggests there are no price increases, so you’ll get more value with no extra cost.
So, what’s new with the Xiaomi Mi 1S compared to the M365?
Additional riding mode
- three riding modes – Speed, Normal and Eco – instead of two
Improved multi-functional LED display
- includes speed, distance, driving mode and battery level
Enhanced safety features
- upgraded skid-resistant, shock-absorbing air-filled tyres
- new front, side and rear reflectors
- the external bottom of the handlebar wire is black and housed neater, instead of red wiring before
- yellow and red front-wheel trim, instead of just red
new number plate holder
There’s also some chatter about battery improvements which will make it last longer and enhancements to the rear brakes. As and when we get confirmation we’ll update it here.
The all-round reflectors and number plate holder have been introduced to satisfy new laws in Germany. Recently, e-scooters are officially able to use the roads, and both of these features are required.
Before we move on check out the new Xiaomi Mi Pro 2 v M365 Pro comparison, where we compare another of Xiaomi’s new additions, against a best-seller in its current range.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Xiaomi Mi 1S
Xiaomi Mi 1S frequently asked questions (FAQs):
✅ When can I buy a Xiaomi Mi 1S in the UK?
The Xiaomi 1S is launching in the UK and available to buy in August 2020.
✅ What are the Xiaomi Mi 1S key features?
The Xiaomi 1S key features are maximum speed 15.5mph (25km), up to 18.6 miles (30km) range and 250W (maximum 500W) motor power.
✅ Where can I buy a Xiaomi Mi 1S e-scooter?
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