Much thought has been given to the design of this scooter. The design of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Edition is based on the frame of the Xiaomi Mi electric scooter Pro 2 and looks completely different. If you’re interested in F1, you’ll recognize the famous gray, black, and green color scheme.
The regular version is painted matt gray and has a red accent on the front wheel. After seeing the Mercedes version in person, I definitely prefer it. I think it looks a lot higher quality than the base model, but the Mercedes logo comes at a pretty high premium if they offer the same experience in terms of functionality.
Most of the scooters I came across were kids scooters. When I unpacked it, the size was a little backwards. This is definitely not a children’s toy. The official specifications indicate the age of the driver from 16 years of age (or from 12 years of age under adult supervision). This is not a problem for adult accommodation. I’m 6’3 ‘and I felt very comfortable driving, with close proximity to the handlebars.
When unfolded, the scooter is 1.13 m long and 1.18 m high. With this scale, it has a real weight and weighs 14.2 kg, but supports a maximum load of up to 100 kg. When you hit this limit, it’s important to include the weight of a backpack (with a laptop and accessories) in your weight calculations if you plan to commute with it.
To start, you have to switch on the scooter with the on / off switch at the base of the user interface. This also plays the role of other tasks like mode selection and turning the headlight on and off.
The display also shows your current charge level and your current speed. After driving in different lighting conditions I find it very easy to read so you definitely did a good job with this display.
After an initial push to get the scooter rolling, your speed is controlled by a very simple accelerator pedal controlled by your thumb. This provides fine-grained control over how fast you are going and allows you to easily modulate this to suit the changing circumstances around you. Imagine riding on a path and approaching an oncoming family of cyclists. You can slow down the acceleration until they pass.
After holding the accelerator pedal for a while, you will likely want to maintain that speed for a period of time, and holding the accelerator pedal can get annoying. Fortunately, this electric scooter has cruise control. This works so well. Simply establish a connection to the scooter via Bluetooth using the mobile Xiamoi Home app and activate the cruise control option. After holding the accelerator pedal for 5 seconds, you will hear a beep, letting you know that you can release the accelerator pedal.
If at any point you need to slow down, you can press the accelerator or the brake to disable the drive. For those who travel several kilometers a day, this is an excellent addition.
When stopping there is a very familiar brake that you can apply with your left hand. This works very similarly to bicycles, but has some serious stopping power.
The scooter not only has a large disc brake, but also E-ABS. So if you need to stop quickly, applying the brakes will not lock the rear wheel and may become unstable under you. As in your street car, ABS monitors traction and ensures that brake application is regulated to minimize braking distance.
As with all good electric vehicles, this scooter also has regenerative braking. You can choose from three severity levels in the mobile app. As with single-pedal driving in electric cars, however, this feature can mean that you practically never have to apply the brakes. When you step off the accelerator pedal, regenerative braking slows the scooter and sends that kinetic energy back to the battery, allowing for longer ride times.
When you get on the scooter, everyone likely has a slightly different posture and there is no wrong way to go. Personally, I came to a comfortable position by placing the lead foot on the front of the deck and my rear foot on the side. I think that this posture, combined with a certain flexibility in the knees, provides an excellent basis for being stable regardless of your road surface.
The deck is a great size and can accommodate my size 13 shoes but isn’t wide enough to face both of them forward. The deck itself has a ruined surface that has subtle grip rivets to make sure you won’t slip even if you have wet shoes. It is such design attributes that really show the designers how people are going to use this device.
Most of the scooter rides are likely to be done in daylight, but there were definitely times when I was out at sunset which turned into night when I returned. To serve that night riding that The Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 has a reflector on the front and on both sides of the rear wheel. This reflects the light in case a car light is shining on it and ensures that you can be seen in the dark.
To make sure you can see your way through the streets, a headlight is built into the front of the frame. This can be enabled or disabled by simply pressing the power button. This creates a very generous field of light in front of the scooter which ensures that you can see the terrain ahead. This is very important at top speed as it can come at you quickly.
There’s also a taillight that flashes when you brake or that can be set to always be on via the mobile app.
There is a bell on the handlebar to attract the attention of others. However, this bell is designed for dual purposes. If you need to transport the scooter, simply loosen the 2-step clip at the bottom of the handlebar and rotate it downwards. You will find the arm of the bell he used to ring, which is connected to a latch on the top of the rear wheel guard.
Once folded and wedged, you can now use the front stem as a handle to carry the scooter. At 13kg +, I don’t expect you will be carried that far, but it could get you off the train and up some stairs before unfolding and rolling away.
That fold-and-clip mechanism could easily have been an ugly extra that hangs on the handlebars, but incorporating it into the bell, which must be there anyway, is just a really smart design attribute that is incredibly functional.
The last design element I want to mention is the stand. This little stand is strong and sturdy and supports the scooter when getting up or while waiting for the next ride. When you own a beautifully designed product like this, you want to stand it up instead of leaning it against a wall and have the potential for it to fall off and get scratched.