The Xiaomi M365 is a smart electric scooter that provides a ~30km range and a top speed of 25km/h. It uses a 250W power motor that can obtain a burst of 500W and a maximum 16Nm torque which is sufficient to go up 14% grade ramps. The battery pack has 280Wh capacity and is made from 30 lithium 18650 cells and has integrated battery management system to properly keep the cells in good condition (balance charge, over and under voltage protection, temperature protection, etc). The scooter also has KERS – kinetic energy recovery system and when you are going downhill the battery will start to recharge. Other futures worth mentioning are the smartphone Bluetooth connectivity, app control and fine tweaking, cruise control, rear disk brake, IP65 water resistance and E-ABS anti lock front brake.
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In detail review
The Xiaomi M365 uses dual braking system, on the rear wheel it has a disk brake system similar with the ones found on bicycles and it’s very efficient. Beside the stopping power the system is also highly reliable and easy to tune and maintain and also is drag free and contributes to longer working range. The front wheel has also the role of braking by using the motor, combined with the smart controller it can pulse and modulate the stopping power making it work as an E-ABS system. The front wheel brake is automatically triggered when the rear brake is activated by the user.
Because the M365 scooter has IP54 waterproof rating it can function when it’s raining but with only one constriction and that is that the water level should not be bigger than 2cm. To further improve the comfort of the user large wheel fenders were used to keep dirt and water away.
Another key feature of the scooter is the portability design due to its folding design, it just takes a few seconds to fold it and the handle bar turns into a holder. On the down side the M365 is a bit heavy and weighs 12.5kg. At this weight I must say that the build quality is exceptionally good, it uses mostly aviation grade aluminum and all the welding sections are oversized for better durability. Also plastic parts are of very good quality.
The locking mechanism of the folding part is also a masterpiece of work as is easy to use and massively built making it extremely tough and reliable but also easy to use. For even more safety a second plastic latch will lock the main lever so that even accidental openings will not be possible.
The folding system completes with again Xiaomi’s great design and uses the small bell alarm as a latch to lock the scooter into folded mode, yet again extremely simple or minimalistic, but useful and easy to use.
The power of the scooter is provided by a 280 Wh Li-Ion rechargeable battery that uses 30 cells and has a total capacity of 7800mAh and a total voltage of 42V when fully charged. The battery has fully automated battery management system that will keep the pack in shape by balance charging the cells individually and monitoring its output, voltage and temperature. The cells are also high quality 2600mAh (typical, each) and are made by LG. The pack configuration is 3P10S – 3 parallel and 10 series. The momentum of the Xiaomi Scooter is given by a brushless motor encased in the front wheel which has a nominal power of 250W and a top (burst) power of 500W, the developed torque is also impressive and it’s rated to 16 Nm and can go uphill a 14% incline. The range of the scooter is around (achievable) 30 km when ECO mode is used while the top speed is 25km/h.
To complete the safety and usability of the Xiaomi Scooter and additional tail light that also acts like a pulse brake light was added together with a high power front LED headlight that includes a focusing lens. The light are decently powered and will increase low light visibility.
The “control panel” of the scooter is also minimalistic and it features only a single push button that will: start and stop the scooter power, will change the working mode from ECO to normal and will also control the lights. The M365 provides two working modes an ECOnomical mode which will reduce the top speed to around 18-20 km/h and will also limit the acceleration force. This mode will highly increase range and you can easily achieve the 30km advertised range. The normal mode provides superior top speed in range of 25km/h and will vastly increase acceleration power making it really dynamic and sporty to use. On the panel next to the power switch you also get 4 LED indicators that show the battery range and working mode. Another nice detail of the M365 is that the LED will dim like a car dashboard when driving lamps are started.
You may ask why the M365 is also called a smart scooter ? The answer is simple, Xiaomi integrated bluetooth connectivity between the controller and the Mi Home app, making it possible to use the smartphone to connect to the scooter and getting a lot of extra info along with the possibility to tune and tweak the settings. You will know in real time the speed, the range the battery status and so on. Another interesting thing is that the Segway ninebot app will also work and display correct information, using it as an alternative app is nice because it provides a more sporty and complete dashboard information in one screen. Here are some images from the apps:
– Material: aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
– Wheel size: 8.5 inch inflatable tire
– Motor size: 6.7 inch
– Maximum torque: 16 Nm
– Maximum speed: 25km/h ( common mode ), 18km/h ( energy-saving mode )
– Cruising distance: 30km
– Braking system: front E-ABS anti-lock system, rear mechanical disk brake
– Rated motor power: 250W
– Maximum motor power: 500W
– Battery pack power: 280Wh 18650 lithium-ion battery pack
– Climbing gradient: approx 14 degree
– Waterproof grade: IP54
– Pedal ground clearance: 87.5mm
– Max load: 100kg
– Charger rated power: 71W
– Charger input voltage: 100 – 240V, 50 / 60Hz
– Battery limited voltage: 42V
– Charging time: 5-5.5 hours
– Standard power consumption: 1.1kWh per 100km
– Unfolding size: 108 x 43 x 114cm
– Folding size: 108 x 43 x 49cm
– Net weight: 12.5kg
1 x Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter,
1 x Charger
1 x Wheel valve adaptor hose
1 x Hex key
4 x Hex screws
Further on i will continue with the video review but not without making a few notes about the packaging, box and assembly. The M365 come is a large cardboard box and it’s almost completely assembled, you only need to fix the handlebar by using the provided 4 hex screws and hex key. The tires already come inflated and the battery is shipped in storage mode and has around 50% power. I may only need to mention that mine didn’t come with a manual although i’ve seen other getting it together with a printed guide. You will also get a valve-hose adapter for filling the tires.