NIU MQi GT EVO Review | Living With An Electric Commuter Bike


FASTER than my first 125, and with a longer range than a lot of its competition, this unassuming creature thinks they are a big bike.

Having previously tried the NIU UQI GT Pro, MQI +Sport, & NQI GTS Pro, we tried the NIU MQi GT EVO to see how we got on using this as a replacement for a combustion engine bike or a car. Targeting the commuters who live in villages, as well as major cities, this electric commuter competes, and beats most 125cc (and electric equivalent) mopeds on the market.

Range and speed


The NIU MQi GT EVO has a 75km (46 miles) range and a top speed of 100km/h (62mph), apparently. However, I got it to 70 mph with ease on a stretch of the A1. This unpretentious electric commuter beat other road users from the lights; overtook other vehicles on busy stretches of road and even had me watching my speed on that dreaded stretch of the A605. The one that has caught almost every motorcyclist in the Peterborough area.

The Electronic Braking System (EBS) provides regenerative power that puts power back into the system when braking. Which means you’ll get more miles than you think you will. I felt comfortable travelling on busy commuter routes, main roads and winding streets. Plus, I got the joy of seeing a White Van Man’s face as I overtook on a dual carriage.


Charging and power

The MQi GT EVO has a 72V 5kW Motor and a 4th generation NIU Energy Lithium battery, like other bikes in its class, the torque is immediately available.

There are three riding modes - Eco (Up to 45km/h), Dynamic (75km/h top speed) and Sport (100km/h top speed). Eco for built-up and residential areas, but I spent most of my time in Sport as it was the most enjoyable. Certainly had the “Weeee!” factor.

I’m certainly feeling the pinch of the increased energy costs, but the MQi GT EVO was still cheaper to run than my petrol bike or my diesel car, only costing pence to charge up. The dual batteries take 5 hours to charge (a single battery takes 4 hours) and the handy on-screen notification tells you how long you have left.



The LED dashboard displays battery status, riding mode, speed connectivity, and a clock. Ideal if, like me, you’re constantly in a rush because you’re always late. 

There is also Bluetooth keyless entry and an app. I didn’t get a chance to try the app, but it comes with unauthorised movement notifications, the real-time location of your e-moped, and trouble-shooting updates.

There are also optional extras such as an extended backrest for the passengers, and a cargo rack.


Comfort and design

The design looks slick at first glance but appears slightly rushed on closer inspection. Whilst the halo light is stunning and effective, the indicators feel like an afterthought, and I was concerned that I could break them.

I did expect more saddle space from a moped, but with two batteries fitted, there is little to no saddle space, about enough for a lock.

The 14” inch wheels offer grip, handling and ground clearance, and I found the ride comfortable until I got up to speed. I found the ride uncomfortably bouncy on the A roads, which don’t have the best surfacing in this area. However, I do suffer from hypersensitivity, so I don’t know how much is the bike or my own body failing me. So, I urge you to take the MQi GT EVO for a test ride.



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NIU MQi GT EVO verdict

It took me a while to appreciate the MQi GT EVO for what it is, which is a conventional bike in the guise of a moped. I was testing this to see if it could get me to and from the shops, work and home in the most fun way, and I found myself taking the long way home almost every time.

This is one to consider if your commute means you’re regularly stuck in traffic. Or you’re trying to save on the ever-rising fuel costs.

NIU MQi GT EVO specification


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