2 days until they start the pre-sales of the new model N-GT on Indiegogo where early birds get an 500€ discount (300€ for the M1+) and a stack of extras…
But personally I’m still a bit undecided about this model... being faster than the N1s it requires a higher grade drivers license (at least in Europe) which is very close to a full blown motor-cycle license or even the same.
|Ok, if you read through the comments at the end of this post, it shows that NIU did their research and the marktet for the N-GT is definitely there: Most mediterranean/southern countries of Europe have special driver-license and/od tax-rules (or holes ;-)) which makes the N-GT definitely a good choice.|
The charm of the N1s was and still is that you can drive it with your normal car drivers license and the tax/insurance is next-to-nothing. And even is is small and a helmet hardly fits, the under-seat compartment is a useful thing in a city-scooter… and it is occupied by a 2nd battery in the N-GT [update: I learned that you can leave out the 2nd battery if you don’t need the extra range or speed]
So what is left? 20Km/h more than the N1s, wider range… does this justify the the higher price, especially for the driver license? And having invested 1000+€ for that license would you still stick to a 70Km/h ride?
I assume that NIU got this thought, too… late in the release process, because today I got an announcement email in my inbox wich rather casually mentions the “NPro“.. the what?! Here’s the (german) part telling about it:
Q: What is the NPro?
A: It what you’ve all been asking for!
The NPro is the same as the NGT but limited to 45km/h.
But it still has the 3000W motor.
Because you don’t need the expensive motorcycle driving license.
Yeah… but what is left over then? Wider range? Quicker acceleration…
no under-seat compartment optional 2nd battery… and oh, that fancy “rainbow dashboard” (of which I’m also not quite convinced…).
So if I haven’t had a N1s already, I’d opt for the NPro… and yes, I do have an unlimited motorcycle drivers license.
So here you go… what do you think about the N-GT and the late NPro move?