You don’t have to touch what works. This has undoubtedly been the premise that Xiaomi has put between eyebrows when renewing the king of its electric scooters, the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro. But what changes has the Chinese company introduced in its new model? Worth? We’ve had the chance to test it out for a few weeks and here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of getting one.
Changes the just
On the outside, the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 is practically the same as its predecessor. Its aluminum body keeps the scooter hard, stable and resistant, but it comes with a big drawback: the weight. The construction of the scooter and its huge 12,800 mAh battery make the Mi Scooter Pro 2 go up to 14.2 kg in weight. And those are many kilos to carry.
The scooter’s folding system – inherited from the previous model – is as simple as it is ingenious, since it takes advantage of the shape of the bell to engage the handlebar with the rear fender. But problems come when it comes to taking the scooter with us. The only option we have is to grab it by hand from the bar that connects the handlebar with the rest of the scooter, and unless you have biceps like those of Captain America (not my case, unfortunately), you will not be able to travel many meters without it seems that your arms are going to disassemble. If Xiaomi finds a system that allows us to throw the scooter on our back or grip it more comfortably, the weight will be a lesser matter.
The control panel has also remained almost identical. In it you can consult data such as speed, the driving mode of the scooter, the battery or its lock status. It only has a single button and with it we can turn the Electric Scooter Pro 2 on and off, switch between driving modes or activate and deactivate the headlights. It must be said that it is a simple and intuitive system.
From the Mi Home application we also have access to some extra functions, such as cruise control, locking the scooter or the possibility of continuously turning on the rear light.
Where are the changes then? Xiaomi has wanted to focus its efforts on the security section, making changes somewhat less obvious but no less important. Most notable of all has been its renewed double braking system on both wheels, which now also includes an E-ABS regenerative anti-lock mechanism on the front wheel. This may not tell you much on paper, but in practice it shows.
In addition, they have also doubled the power of the headlight (2W) and have included reflectors both on the ends and on the sides to improve the visibility of the scooter at night. All these changes are welcome, but it would have been nice if Xiaomi had let her hair down with some more change.
Experience and use
Except for changes to the braking system, the ride between the Mi Scooter Pro 2 and its predecessor has remained largely the same. The fact that the battery is located at the base of the scooter makes it easier to maintain balance and, although the height of the handlebar is still not adjustable, it is quite comfortable to handle.
By regulation, the maximum speed of the scooter is limited to 25 km / h, so in this sense you cannot claim much from Xiaomi. You have three driving modes to choose from, which limit the speed that the scooter can reach: a pedestrian mode, whose speed is limited to 5 km / h and which is designed to travel through crowded areas such as sidewalks, a standard mode, whose maximum speed is 20 km / h; and a sports mode, the only one capable of reaching the maximum speed of the scooter.
It is nice to have all three, but in practice I have ended up using almost only the sport mode, since it is the only one that gets along well with the steep slopes.
This also has an impact on the autonomy of the scooter, of course. Xiaomi promises up to 45 kilometers of autonomy on a single charge, but this will vary depending on the driving mode you use and the use you make of the regenerative braking system. With the sports mode, that autonomy drops between 35 and 40 kilometers, but they are still good numbers. Of course, filling its battery completely again will take you a little over 8 hours, so remember to put it to charge before going to sleep.
Despite its enormous success and improvements, the Mi Scooter Pro 2 still has some shortcomings. The main one of all of them is that the scooter does not have any type of damping system, so if you are going to drive through poorly paved areas, you may want to investigate other options on the market. In addition, as we have mentioned before, it would not be bad for the engineers to come up with a way to reduce the weight and work on its ergonomics to transport it in a much more comfortable way.
Before you get a scooter
They may seem obvious to you, but here are a couple of important things that you should take into account before launching (or not) for an electric scooter.
Think about where you are going to circulate with the scooter. If you are going to make your trips on bike lanes or on very little-traveled streets, the scooter can be a very comfortable way to get around. However, if not, I have to warn you that sharing the road with a good handful of cars can carry its risk.
Trick the scooter is reckless. I know there are many who fall short of the legal limit of 25 km / h and are tempted to modify their scooters to bypass this limitation. Installing pirated firmware on your scooter already has some pretty obvious security implications, so it’s not worth going into detail about it, but you should also think about your physical integrity. I assure you that if you hit a pothole at a speed much higher than that limit, the blow is assured, so I doubt that it will end up compensating you for the play.
It seems that the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 will continue to be the most popular electric scooter for a while, but since Xiaomi will not risk more from now on, I do not think it will take time to give up the crown to other brands thriving.
The Scooter Pro 2 is a great electric scooter: offers power, safety and good autonomy. TOothers, it has the plus of being a sustainable means of transport, that never hurts, but the 500 euros marked on its label invite you to seriously consider whether or not you are going to put it to good use.