Driving in Wintertime?

Ok, this is not a usual post… it’s more a kickstart for a thread which more or less affects all of us: Wintertime! It’s getting cold, slippery and wet – personally I’m still trying to use my N1s as much as possible but I do take my battery inside with me if I have to leave it longer than 10mins outside (<5°C).
So do you still ride your trusty NIU? And if yes, what are you doing to e.g.

  • how to keep the cold off the battery?
  • and/or yourself?
  • Are you changing to winter-tires?
  • any consumption changes?
  • any experiences with degraded power?

Share your wintertime experience down in the comments!

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This topic contains 11 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by Johan Gunverth Johan Gunverth 3 months, 1 week ago.

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  • #1608
    Axel
    Axel
    Keymaster

    Ok, this is not a usual post… it’s more a kickstart for a thread which more or less affects all of us: Wintertime! It’s getting cold, slippery and w
    [See the full post at: http://www.myniu.org/driving-in-wintertime/]

  • #1609
    Sunny B
    Sunny
    Participant

    I use the scooter just the same, even though it is well below 0°C at the moment.

    I have a “blanket” covering my knees, and tucano protectors on the handlebar to keep me warm. I take the battery inside all the time, so there is no problem with the power delivery once I ride.

    The battery still heats up enough even in these temperatures – after 20 minuts of riding I am at 35°C according to the app.

    I don’t have winter tires, but am definitely doing that next winter!

  • #1610
    Johan Gunverth
    Johan Gunverth
    Participant

    We have studless winter tires on our N1s. Adding an extra high beam soon. Charging it inside the house when below 0°. The neighbourhood is flooded with Volvo electric propulsion engineer and they told me that charging in minus degrees C should be taken care of by a decent charger (slowing it down). Is the NIU charger a decent charger?

  • #1612
    Iwan Van der Valk
    Iwan
    Participant

    Good question about the charger! Which brings me to another one: I keep my motorcycles on a trickle charger during winter. Is the charger on the Niu a tricke charger or not? So, can I leave in on the charger when I’m not using it for a longer period?

    (BTW: the size of that charger brick is crazy)

  • #1613
    Sieghart Michielsen
    Sieghart Michielsen
    Participant

    At NIU, we listed some tips & tricks about taking good care of your battery (especially during winter time)

    You can read about it here:

    English 

    French

    Italian

     

     

    Cheers

    Sieghart

    NIU Team

  • #1614
    Johan Gunverth
    Johan Gunverth
    Participant

    Thank you, Sieghart!

    The battery should always be charged at higher surrounding temperaturs than 0° C then. Like I suspected.

    I looked at my neigbours Renault Zoe and it actually starts the winter time charging by heating the battery compartment.

  • #1615
    Peter Rönnlund
    Peter Rönnlund
    Participant

    Hi Sieghart,

    I am still a bit confused on how to treat the battery the best way. My battery is stored at room temperature. I removed it Nov 12 with 77%. It now is 73%, Dec 17. Not much charge lost. I will keep monitoring but it looks like it will still be above at least 50% March 1 when I will start driving again.

    – So, if above 50% I will be ok to not  charge it until March 1, then charge to 100% and start driving?

    – Or, as on the battery, the text information says that it should be charged to 100% at least every two months. For me that would be about now.

    Regards,

    Peter

    • #1616
      Sieghart Michielsen
      Sieghart Michielsen
      Participant

      Hi Peter,

      You’re doing it correct!

      Even if it goes under the 50% it’s perfectly fine to not recharge it until March 1st. Just make sure it does not go under 20% and you’re safe.

      my own personal opinion: The main message is that you should be aware of the battery and it’s status. Some people forget about it, leave it drain empty and then trouble starts as BMS system goes into sleep mode when battery is drained, and cells might be damaged when recharging from 0%

  • #1617
    Peter Rönnlund
    Peter Rönnlund
    Participant

    Thanks Sieghart!

    I will monitor it and recharge in March, good to know.

    The battery is such a huge cost on the NIU so I would like to be sure I treat it in the best way.

    Merry Christmas!

    /Peter

  • #1618
    Martina Pixel
    martina pixel
    Participant

    Personally I didn’t notice any valuable battery loss, before dawn temp was here 3-4C but we’re expecting -3C in late Jan early Feb. The manual says it all from -10<0C the power will be around 70%, between 0-10C it would be 80% and over 10C would be 100%. I found my M1 very reliable, I never fell on wet streets with its small wheels as I did with its competitor Askoll with bigger wheels. Just wish from NIU to have the chance to replace the decorating useless micro wind shield with a slightly bigger one using just the two screws already there, a click on-off winter wind shield, doesn’t have to be big but just to blow the air over the helmet, and the slow speed won’t affect it, no need to be reinforced with additional brackets, just using the two screws I’m pretty sure will work fine.

    www.facebook.com/groups/niuscootersitalia/

  • #1619
    C Sjostedt
    C Sjostedt
    Participant

    Hi Sieghart,

    Tesla owners charge their vehicles to 80% most of the time in order to get best lifetime of the batteries, unless they need max range. I also charge Niu to 80% by calculating charging time from current charge and put a timer on the charger.

    Would be nice if you could set ”charge to %” in App or on the Niu?

    /Crocco

  • #1623
    Johan Gunverth
    Johan Gunverth
    Participant

    I noticed the battery compartment lock sometimes gets stucked/frozen when riding in wet weather and it gets below 0° the following night. The key turns, but lock is stuck. Will check if the locking mechanism needs som penetrating oil to prevent this,

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